• July 05, 2022

Judith Ann Richmond Killed in Garbage Truck Accident in St. Joseph County, IN

St. Joseph County, IN -- June 30, 2022, Judith Ann Richmond was killed after an accident where a garbage truck crashed into Richmond's car.

Investigators were called to the area of State Route 2 and Quince Road at around 6:00 p.m.

According to officials, 80-year-old Judith Ann Richmond was in a vehicle traveling westbound on Route 2. At Quince Road, Richmond came to a stop before then being rear-ended by a garbage truck.

Due to the collision, Richmond sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Judith Ann Richmond Truck Accident in St. Joseph County

Just to be clear up front, there's no telling what happened here based solely on these reports. Typically, when a truck rear-ends someone stopped at a traffic signal, it's because they were doing something blatantly wrong--usually looking at their phone. But it is entirely possible there's more to the situation police reports alone can't address. Not only is it important to investigate even unlikely situations, like mechanical defects, but even seemingly common factors can require extensive legal maneuvering to actually ensure the right people are held accountable.

Case in point, I handled a situation a while back in which a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel after driving for over 20 hours straight. It was plain as day he screwed up, but we made sure to keep investigating the events. That's when the story became much more concerning.

Judith Ann Richmond Killed in Garbage Truck Accident in St. Joseph County, IN

The evidence showed that the driver's employer would routinely force drivers to meet unreasonable deadlines which all but required them to cut corners. Failing to do so meant risking their jobs. As such, drivers had a choice to make: be a safe driver, or put food on their family's table. For some, the choice inevitably led to getting themselves and others hurt.

What a typical, shallow police report would have seen as some reckless driver turned out to be a whole company putting the public at risk. But why exactly does that change things? Aren't they on the hook regardless? Well, across the hundreds of families I've helped following a commercial vehicle wreck, getting them help was obviously a priority. Besides that, however, they all wanted something else: accountability. They wanted to know that those responsible for their hardships were being held fully accountable for their actions. Simply blaming one person for an entire pattern of reckless behavior from their employer might as well be a slap on the wrist. So while I can't say anything like that happened here without more thorough investigations, those investigations are crucial if there are going to be appropriate consequences for a woman tragically torn from her loved ones.

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