John Xirafakis Jr Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on I-469 in Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne, IN — July 18, 2022, 36-year-old John Xirafakis Jr. was killed in a rear-end crash with a semi-truck on I-469 in Fort Wayne.
According to reports the incident happened around 1:20 a.m. on southbound Interstate 469 near mile marker 14.6 and Tillman Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer was disabled on the shoulder of the highway when an SUV approached and crashed into it for unknown reasons.
Xirafakis, a passenger in the SUV, was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle's driver was treated and released at a local hospital.
An investigation into the crash continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on John Xirafakis Jr. Accident in Fort Wayne
Many folks believe that a stopped or parked vehicle can't really be responsible if a moving one hits it, particularly from behind. That may seem reasonable on its face but it's not really how the law works, which is why it's best to withhold judgment until investigators have a chance to learn more. It's clearly important to find out why the victims' vehicle hit the parked truck, but it's also necessary to find out more about how and why the truck stopped at all.
Federal law is pretty specific about when and why a commercial truck can stop in or near the road. According to the law a commercial driver should only pull over for emergencies like disabling vehicular failures or major medical issues. Moreover, once they stop they're required to put out cones or reflective triangles at 50-foot intervals behind the truck to warn approaching motorists--even if they're on the shoulder out of the regular flow of traffic.
I don't know exactly how things happened on I-469, nor am I saying the trucker did anything wrong. Rather than instantly blaming anyone, though, it's crucial to learn how each element (parked truck, victim's actions, road conditions, weather, visibility, other vehicles, etc) affected the crash and the tragic injuries that followed. To be sure the whole truth is found, there should likely be a thorough examination by a skilled accident reconstructionist. At the very least that extra level of scrutiny can help provide more answers to the victim's family, who deserve all the information they can get.