• July 18, 2022

Rachel Norton Killed in Big Rig Accident in Stanislaus County, CA

Stanislaus County, CA -- July 15, 2022, Rachel Norton was killed after an accident where a big rig collided with Norton's vehicle.

Authorities with the California Highway Patrol reported that the crash took place just before 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Stuhr Road and Eastin Road, just outside Newman.

Reports about the events are unclear at this time. They say that 22-year-old Rachel Norton was in a Toyota that say both that Norton was southbound and was on Stuhr, which appears to run east to west. According to those reports, Norton stopped at the intersection before then somehow entering the path of a tractor-trailer on eastbound Stuhr, resulting in a collision.

Due to the crash, Norton sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, the exact details surrounding the crash are still under investigation.

Commentary on Rachel Norton Truck Accident in Stanislaus County

It always catches my attention when reports are as imprecise as these. Some folks may think that's just me being pedantic. Obviously the reports meant to say the victim was southbound on Eastin, right? Well, that's probably true. But I've seen reports where further investigations would show that police got the directions wrong, the streets wrong, which vehicle entered whose path, etc. The reality is mistakes happen, and even a little detail can make a big difference. That's especially true in California where parties are generally on the hook for their portion of the blame.

Rachel Norton Killed in Big Rig Accident in Stanislaus County, CA

That would be incredibly significant in a situation like one I looked into not long ago, for example. In that situation, police said a woman ran a red light into the path of an 18-wheeler. That turned out to be true, but weeks afterward, it came to light the 18-wheeler was going about 60 MPH in a 40 MPH. Anyone familiar with fully-loaded 18-wheelers knows that can mean the difference between life and death. Wouldn't that be a detail that a family deserves to know?

Maybe nothing like that happened here, but it's important to let the evidence speak for itself. Making sure the crash is in the hands of professionals who can ensure that happens is crucial.

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