Linda Shelton Beeman Killed in Big Rig Accident in Holladay, UT
Holladay, UT -- July 5, 2022, Linda Shelton Beeman was killed due to an accident where Beeman's vehicle crashed into a big rig.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 4:40 a.m. along Highland Drive outside the Macy's off 4500 S.
According to reports, officials said that 74-year-old Linda Shelton Beeman was in a Honda traveling along Highland Drive. At the Macey's parking lot, authorities said a big rig attempted a left turn, resulting in Beeman's vehicle crashing into a trailer.
Due to the collision, Beeman sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Linda Shelton Beeman Big Rig Accident in Holladay
I consistently talk about the importance of not jumping to conclusions after a serious truck accident. I wouldn't consider this situation an exception. However, it's difficult to envision a scenario in which this big rig didn't make a huge mistake. The only driveway I see coming out of this parking area is uncontrolled, so traffic on Highland should have the right-of-way. Does that mean this truck driver simply failed to yield and cut off the victim's car?
Even if evidence shows that to be true, ensuring the victim's loved ones can tell the victim's side of the story requires a lot more than a preliminary news report and a glimpse at the location of the crash. After all, there will no doubt be forces doing everything in their power to ensure they avoid responsibility for these events.
To put it simply, a crash like this needs a thorough independent investigation from experienced professionals to ensure the evidence can speak for itself. For example, I handled a situation not long ago in which a truck driver cut off someone on the highway, leading to a deadly wreck. That company, however, blamed the victim's death on speeding and not wearing a seatbelt. We knew that was just desperate blame-shifting, but it was our burden to prove otherwise.
A few things that proved vital were a reconstruction of the car, numerous witness statements, and gaining access to the truck involved. For one, debris analysis, laser mapping, and the discovery of the victim's speedometer which froze on impact all clearly showed the victim couldn't have been speeding. Secondly, the numerous EMS responders from the scene testified they actually had to cut through the victim's seatbelt to get them out of the car. And lastly, our investigations clearly showed the trailer's reflective tape was so dirty that it would have been practically useless at the time of the crash.
It was only after bringing all of that to light that the company began to cooperate, allowing the victim's loved ones to pursue a resolution they deserved. While it's unlikely the details would be the same in this particular crash, the same approach would likely yield similar results. By investigating a serious truck wreck as thoroughly and as soon as possible, victims and families can get the answers they need to ensure the right people are held accountable for their actions. Like I said, I can't say exactly what led to this crash. But if this incident is like the countless others similar to it that families have come to me with, I believe proper investigations will show someone needs to face serious consequences.