• July 18, 2022

Heather Cole Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Chester Township, OH

Chester Township, OH -- July 15, 2022, Heather Cole was killed following an accident where a semi-truck and a car crashed head-on.

Authorities were called to the area of SR-380 and Katys Lane at around 7:45 p.m. It appears that 27-year-old Heather Cole was in a vehicle traveling southbound on the highway. Reports say that vehicle entered oncoming lanes and hit a semi-truck.

Cole sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. The truck driver reportedly had non-serious injuries. Currently, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Heather Cole Semi-Truck Accident in Chester Township

With a tragic wreck like this, making sure the victim's loved ones know they're getting the full story should be a priority. While waiting for authorities is at least reasonable, it's not always the best choice. Depending on the department, there may not be the personnel and resources available to really give the crash the attention it deserves.

Heather Cole Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Chester Township, OH

That's how you end up with situations like one I handled a while ago. In that crash, as well, a car reportedly went left of center and hit a commercial truck. As we had independent accident reconstructionists look into things, though, it became all too clear the police got it wrong. It was actually the truck that went left of center, but the victim and the truck swerved in the same directions to avoid the collision, causing them to collide in the truck's original lane. The investigating officer left on his own to handle the situation simply didn't have the right experience or equipment.

Just to be clear, I'm not saying that happened here. I simply wish to illustrate something that one learns across 30 years and hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks. Police are but one tool, and their reports are just one piece of the puzzle. Taking steps to fill in the blanks and to ensure nothing slipped through the cracks can be absolutely vital for a family that would otherwise be left in the dark during the time when they need the most help.

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