• June 29, 2022

One Killed in Truck Accident at Manning and Marks in Fresno County, CA

UPDATE (July 5, 2022): We were contacted over the weekend by people familiar with this accident's location. While preliminary reports said the victim may have run a red light, the intersection of Manning and Marks avenues is controlled only by stop signs on Marks, making them yield to thru-traffic on Manning.

It's unclear why preliminary news reports mentioned a traffic light, but we regret the error and our commentary has been adjusted accordingly.

Fresno County, CA — June 24, 2022, one person died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Manning Avenue in Fresno County.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 11:00 a.m. on Manning at Marks Avenue, close to Raisin City. Preliminary investigation suggests that the victim disregarded a red light and drove into the path of a big rig. The vehicles collided in the intersection.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident at Manning and Marks in Fresno County

Something I talk about a lot on this blog is how there's no such thing as an open-and-shut crash, at least as far as preliminary reports go. Some might wonder if that's true here since investigators say the victim ran a stop sign, which seems pretty cut-and-dried. I wasn't there and have no specific reason to doubt them, but at the same time a few sentences in the news and a cursory police examination of the scene don't account for every potential factor.

By suggesting there's still more work to do here, I'm only saying it's important to keep an open mind and properly investigate all the possibilities. Things really could boil down to something as simple as the victim running a stop sign, but what if his brakes failed or he had a sudden and serious medical emergency? How fast was the truck traveling on the crossroad? Did the driver see the victim pulling into his path? Was there enough time and space that he could reasonably have done something different to avoid the crash?

One Killed in Truck Accident at Manning and Marks in Fresno County, CA

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things here. My point is just that sometimes people are a little too quick to point fingers without first considering the whole picture.

Only careful accident reconstruction could really say what happened. Making sure the investigators in charge have the experience and equipment to consider all the possibilities, even less-likely ones, is crucial for ensuring the truth is found and the victim receives the help he deserves.

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