Brandon Lummus Killed by 18-Wheeler on Kansas Turnpike in Topeka
Topeka, KS — July 6, 2022, pedestrian Brandon Lummus was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on the Kansas Turnpike in Topeka.
According to reports the incident happened around 10:35 a.m. on the turnpike (SE Interstate 470) near mile marker 179. Preliminary investigation suggests Lummus may have run into the roadway as the truck was passing by and was hit by it.
Investigators confirmed Lummus was killed in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Brandon Lummus Accident in Topeka
People have a tendency to automatically blame pedestrians unless it's crystal clear they were in a crosswalk, and with police alleging the victim "ran into the road" I have a feeling folks will assume the worst here.
In reality, it's important to investigate far more carefully than that and break down exactly how visible and avoidable the victim was (or should have been). Even if they didn't have the right-of-way that doesn't give any driver--especially not a professional one--free rein to hit them if the collision could have been avoided.
Any driver that hits a pedestrian when they had the option not to, even in places where a pedestrian shouldn't be, may have some responsibility for the damage done. Is that something authorities have considered here, or have they already made up their minds? Would a second look from independent investigators tell a different story?