• June 16, 2022

Michael Hogan Killed in Truck Accident on Lapeer Road in Oxford Twp, MI

Oxford Township, MI — June 14, 2022, 82-year-old Michael Hogan was fatally injured in a collision with a commercial truck on Lapeer Road in Oxford Township.

According to reports the incident happened around 8:35 a.m. at the intersection of North Lapeer and Drahner Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Hogan was traveling north on Lapeer when he turned left onto Drahner, entering the path of a double-bottom gravel hauler truck.

The truck collided with the car in the intersection, then ran off the road and crashed into a nearby Shell gas station. One of its trailers also overturned.

Hogan suffered critical injuries in the wreck. He was transported to an area hospital where he died the following night.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Michael Hogan Accident on Lapeer Rd in Oxford Township

I don't want to speculate overmuch about what happened here, but if two vehicles crash in a light-controlled intersection it seems like one or the other might have gone against their light. If that's the case here, hopefully with time and further investigation police will be able to say which driver did so.

I worked on a similar wreck not long ago where a car and a semi-truck collided in a light-controlled intersection, resulting in serious injuries for the car's driver. Both drivers swore up and down that they had the green light, and after finding no obvious evidence of a crime investigating police just threw up their hands and said "you two figure it out."

The trucking company sent investigators and started building a defense, but the victim asked us to look into things too. Soon after that we found a nearby business with a security camera pointed at the intersection. Its video showed the truck running the red light, and with that evidence in hand we convinced the trucking company to do the right thing.

Michael Hogan Killed in Truck Accident on Lapeer Road in Oxford Twp, MI

Sadly the victim of this accident isn't able to seek help or further investigation, but his family would be well justified in seeking more answers about their terrible loss. There's not always such a convenient smoking gun for investigators to find, however, so it's important they look carefully and obtain every available source of data. That might mean reconstructing the crash site, running 3D simulations and taking laser maps, interviewing witnesses, getting electronic readouts from both vehicles and the drivers' cell phone records, and many other steps, but the goal is to create a clear and indisputable picture of what occurred. Depending on what that picture shows, at least it may provide some closure for a grieving family. However, it may also show a professional truck driver was negligent. If so, that driver and their employer should be held properly accountable.

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