• July 11, 2022

Rhonda Evans, Teens Killed in 18-wheeler Accident on Highway 50 in Clinton County, IL

Clinton County, IL -- July 8, 2022 Rhonda Evans and two teens were killed due to an accident where their vehicle and a semi-truck crashed.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 12:00 p.m. along Old Highway 50 near Harper Street.

Right now, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear. Reports said that a 15-year-old girl with a learner's permit was behind the wheel at the time. 43-year-old Rhonda Evans and a 17-year-old girl were passengers. It appears that vehicle may have crossed into the oncoming lanes where it crashed head-on with a tractor-trailer.

Due to the collision, Evans and the two girls, identified as her nieces, sustained fatal injuries. The truck driver had minor injuries.

Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Rhonda Evans 18-wheeler Accident in Clinton County

To call this situation tragic simply wouldn't do it justice. So many lives torn apart in the blink of an eye. Across thirty years and helping hundreds of families involved in similar situations, it just doesn't get any easier. One thing I hope for, at the very least, is that steps are being taken to ensure this crash is being handled by truly experienced and thorough accident reconstructionists. As straight-forward as the initial reports may seem, they really don't shed any light on what actually happened here.

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Folks no doubt think a crossover wreck is going to be straight-forward. Someone was likely on their phone. Moreover, with an inexperienced driver, people may just assume the driver made a mistake. Frankly, that is the most likely explanation. But it would be outright disrespectful and just plain irresponsible to jump to that conclusion without any clear evidence. After all, what if there was a tire blowout? What if there was some kind of sudden mechanical defect? What if they hit something in the roadway? What if there was another reckless driver that left the scene? What if there's a situation like one I handled not long ago where it turned out the victim's vehicle didn't actually cross the center line, and police got the facts wrong?

I'm not here to throw doubt on the authorities nor to upset anyone. It's just that I come across all kinds of tragic accidents, and I find people rarely can say with confidence that they know exactly what happened. Waiting around for police reports that may not even look into complicated factors like mechanical issues or defective parts can only go so far. With three people dead, two being kids, that's just not far enough. That's why I would want to know every possible step was being taken to ensure experienced professional accident reconstructionists were looking into things. Whatever happened here, those involved deserve to know the truth.

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