• July 14, 2022

Alicia Quiles Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Columbia County, GA

Columbia County, GA -- July 12, 2022, Alicia Quiles was killed due to an accident where a car and a tractor-trailer crashed.

Investigators reported that the crash took place along eastbound lanes of I-20 near mile marker 185.

Right now, the exact details are unclear. Late Tuesday, Alicia Quiles was in a Nissan Altima traveling on the interstate. Somehow, the Nissan then collided with a tractor-trailer.

Due to the collision, Quiles sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. Columbia County Sheriff's officials say only that they don't think the tractor-trailer driver is at fault.

Commentary on Alicia Quiles Tractor-Trailer Accident in Columbia County

With reports saying that the tractor-trailer driver was not found to be at fault, this all may seem pretty open-and-shut. But it's important folks understand that early reports rarely tell the whole story. There could be a lot more to this story that needs to be more thoroughly investigated. There's no telling whether or not authorities actually did proper investigations here.

Alicia Quiles Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Columbia County, GA

For one, saying one person was not at fault doesn't automatically mean the other person was. This could all be the result of a tire blowout, mechanical issues, a medical emergency, road hazards, etc. Alternatively, more thorough independent investigations could show police were off the mark.

Not that long ago, for example, I handled a crash in which police said someone crossed the center line and hit an 18-wheeler. Through independent investigations, however, we found that the complete opposite was true. The investigating officer was simply a rookie left in charge of a crash without the proper tools to examine the scene, so they jumped to conclusions and got the facts wrong.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but someone lost their life in this tragic event. Shouldn't that warrant every possible step to get the full story? If nothing else, there's no doubt a family out there that deserves some answers, one way or another.

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