Mower Rider Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on IL-124 near Sherman
Sherman, IL — May 31, 2022, a 74-year-old man died when his riding mower collided with a semi-truck on State Route 124 near Sherman.
Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday afternoon along IL-124. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was mowing grass on the west side of the roadway when he attempted to cross through the travel lanes and was hit by the passing semi-truck. Reports indicate the truck driver tried to swerve and miss the mower but was unsuccessful.
The mower rider suffered critical injuries and was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead just after 3:00 p.m. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Mower/Semi-Truck Accident on IL-124 near Sherman
Reports suggest the mower rider may have failed to yield to thru-traffic before trying to cross the highway. That kind of thing happens all the time regardless of what vehicle a victim's in, but before anyone writes the matter off as settled it's probably best to consider whether any other factors might have played a part.
Here's a few questions that come to mind quickly and still need answers: How fast was the mower traveling? Was the rider's full attention on his surroundings? Did he have headphones or earplugs to reduce the noise from the mower? How fast was the big rig moving on the roadway? Reports suggest the trucker tried to steer clear, but could or should he realistically have done so sooner? Was he paying attention too? Were both vehicles in good repair, or could a malfunction of some kind be partly responsible for the damage done?
None of those questions and the many others like them that need attention are meant to complicate things or make any accusations. I read the same reports as everyone else and I'm not pointing fingers after just a few sentences in the news. I'm really just trying to say what I always do: When people are hurt or killed in accidents like this it's important to put in the work and find the clear facts explaining how and why that occurred.
Folks are often tempted to jump to conclusions based on the little information available at first, but proper investigation will dig deeper to find the truth. The victims' loved ones deserve as many answers as can be provided. If there are any other steps to take, knowing that will largely depend on what those answers turn out to be.