Noah Goodwin Killed, Ryan Goodwin Injured in Truck Accident in St. Louis County, MO
St. Louis County, MO -- June 22, 2022, Noah Goodwin was killed and Ryan Goodwin was injured after an accident where a truck hit them.
Preliminary reports surrounding the crash said that the crash took place along eastbound I-44 near Antire Road at around 4:50 a.m.
Officials said that 21-year-old Noah Goodwin was on a motorcycle and stopped along the roadway to assist his father, identified as 43-year-old Ryan Goodwin. Ryan Goodwin had been in a Chevy pickup that broke down along the highway. Reports did not specify the location of the disabled vehicle.
While there, a semi-truck crashed into the pickup, hitting Noah Goodwin who was outside the truck at the same time. He sustained fatal injuries. Ryan Goodwin, who was inside the pickup, reportedly sustained serious injuries.
No further information about the crash is available at this time.
Commentary on Noah Goodwin, Ryan Goodwin Truck Accident in St. Louis County
There are some very important details I have not seen addressed in reports. Primarily, the location of the disabled pickup and whether or not it was clearly visible. Hypothetically, if there is an unlit pickup partially or entirely in a lane of travel, it's understandable that even an attentive truck driver may not be able to avoid it in time. Maybe that happened here. But certain details make me doubt that, quite frankly.
The thing that stands out to me the most is that the son in this incident stopped to help his father. Maybe the two were traveling together, or maybe the son drove to go assist his dad. If that's what happened, that suggest some time passed between the truck stalling and the collision. Even this early in the morning, there would no doubt be many people passing by the area in that time, and none of them crashed. Could that be a sign that the disabled pickup was either on the shoulder or visible enough to avoid?
This is one of the reasons independent accident reconstructions are so important. They often clarify important details authorities allowed to slip through the cracks. I had one case a while back, for example, where a trucking company claimed their driver hit a disabled car because it was simply too dark to see. Only after we sought court orders for camera footage from the truck did we prove the victim's vehicle was clearly visible with its hazards on, but the truck driver was watching TV shows on a tablet at the time.
Maybe nothing so drastic happened here, but a man lost his life here, and another may be fighting for his. A family affected by such a devastating event deserves to know those looking into the details are actually going to get them the answers they need. The reports here could be vague due to how recent the crash is, but it could also be a sign the authorities aren't giving this tragedy the attention it deserves.