Pedestrian Killed by 18-Wheeler on Highway 180 in Fresno, CA
Fresno, CA — May 29, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on State Highway 180 in Fresno.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:00 a.m. on Route 180 near Blackstone Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was trying to cross the road in the area when they were hit and critically injured by a passing semi-truck.
The pedestrian was rushed to an area hospital where they were later pronounced dead.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on CA-180 in Fresno
Many folks feel that incidents like this, while tragic, are largely due to someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Running across a highway is a pretty risky thing to do, but it's irresponsible to pin all the blame on the victim without considering other possible factors and letting only the objective facts tell the story.
Even if a highway is typically dangerous for pedestrians, there may have been extenuating or unusual circumstances involved. That's why it's important to learn all the details: What are sightlines and visibility like in that area? Was the truck driver awake, alert, and watching the road? What about the pedestrian--did they carefully check for approaching traffic before entering the road? Were other vehicles able to avoid the victim without difficulty before the truck came along?
Further investigation might show this really boils down to a poorly-timed attempt to cross a busy thruway, but it could also reveal other issues that weren't considered at first. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know that careful attention was paid here to bring them answers. If there's anything else to do besides find the truth, knowing that will depend on what the truth turns out to be.