Stacey Stachow Killed, Adam Bright Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Davenport, NY
Davenport, NY -- May 26, 2022, Stacey Stachow was killed and Adam Bright was injured after an accident where their van crashed with a semi.
Investigators said that the crash took place at around 4:00 a.m. along Route 23.
Somehow, reports say, a van and a semi-truck crashed head-on along the highway. Due to the collision, 43-year-old Stacey Stachow, a passenger in the van, succumbed to fatal injuries. Reports identified the van driver as 39-year-old Adam Bright, who had serious injuries.
Additional details about the cause of the crash are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Stacey Stachow, Adam Bright Tractor-Trailer Accident in Davenport
This soon after a deadly truck wreck, it's not unusual for authorities not to have the full story yet. But whether or not they have the tools and experience to get the story is always a point of concern. Quite frankly, of the hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks I've handled over the years, there are far too many examples of police overlooking crucial details.
Not long ago, in fact, I had a family come to me with a head-on collision between their loved one's car and an 18-wheeler. Police reports said the victim crossed the center line and hit the 18-wheeler, causing the collision. That family just wanted to be sure they were getting the full story, so we made sure there was a thorough independent investigation. As it turned out, police completely got the facts wrong.
What actually happened was the 18-wheeler drifted left of center, causing the victim to swerve left trying to avoid it. The truck driver then veered back into their original lane where the vehicles collided. Apparently the investigating officer left in charge of the crash was inexperienced, left by themselves, and didn't even have access to proper investigative tools. All he could do was make his best guess, and he missed the mark.
Had there not been further steps to look into what happened, that family may never have learned the truth. I'm not trying to fearmonger or say that the authorities handling this crash will be equally inept. Further investigations might simply confirm what police already know. My point is to illustrate why independent efforts are often crucial in ensuring victims and families get the answers they deserve. Letting the evidence speak for itself should be a priority in these situations, and it can take efforts from experienced professionals independent of the police to see that happens.