Michael West Killed by Loose Truck Part on Headland Ave in Dothan, AL
Dothan, AL — June 26, 2022, truck driver Michael West was killed by a loose part of his 18-wheeler on Headland Avenue in Dothan.
According to reports the incident happened Sunday night in the parking lot of a Circle K on Headland Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests West was under his truck working on its suspension when an unspecified part came loose and hit him, causing fatal injuries.
The investigation continues but no foul play is suspected.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Michael West Accident in Dothan
Some folks may read the reports about this accident and say that, while tragic, it appears to be a simple random accident. Who's to blame if a part unexpectedly detaches from the truck?
Consider that a little further, though: Things don't just arbitrarily fall off a truck, let alone with lethal speed or force. Something that comes loose like that might not have been attached correctly or could have been under a lot of pressure or strain at its attachment points. It may be that the victim just loosened the wrong bolt while working on the truck's suspension, but what if that part wasn't properly attached in the first place? Would that still be just a matter of coincidence, or should someone answer for improperly maintaining the truck?
I'm not pointing fingers or saying I know more than reports indicate. I just mean that a man lost his life and the right thing to do is carefully investigate how and why that occurred. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know every effort was made to bring them the whole truth. Will police do that, or should an independent investigator take a closer look?