• June 07, 2022

Trisha Nicole Yasay Killed in Bicycle, Truck Accident in Davis, CA

Davis, CA -- May 25, 2022, Trisha Nicole Yasay was killed as the result of an accident where a bicycle and a garbage truck collided.

Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 8:00 a.m. at Dairy Road and Hutchinson Drive on the UC Davis campus.

Investigations did not give a specific cause for the collision. It appears 19-year-old Trisha Nicole Yasay was on a bicycle and somehow crossed paths and collided with a garbage truck.

Due to the collision, Yasay sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. It's unclear at this time, if any charges are being considered. Investigations continue.

Commentary on Trisha Nicole Yasay Truck Accident in Davis

It's not entirely clear what went wrong here, but I often see folks who would be quick to jump to conclusions about reports like this. Not only do a lot of people harbor negative biases about cyclists, they do so for teenagers, as well. Add on to that the sometimes hectic nature of pedestrians and cyclists on a college campus, and there is simply too much noise to trust any preliminary reports at face value after a deadly wreck like this.

That's yet another reason why independent investigations are such an important step for victims and families. Whether this was a cyclist not watching where they were going, a truck driver failing to look out for people around them, or some other unusual circumstances, the victim's loved ones at least deserve to know they're getting the full story. Even if there's someone who needs to be held accountable for this, whatever path lies ahead will no doubt require having the facts. Waiting around for police reports alone isn't likely to make that necessary progress.

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