John Shea Killed in Buchanan County, MO Motorcycle Accident
Buchanan County, MO — July 20, 2022, 34-year-old motorcyclist John Shea died in a crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 36 in Buchanan County.
According to reports the incident happened Wednesday along Highway 36, roughly 13 miles east of St. Joseph. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Shea's motorcycle collided with the back of a semi-truck's trailer for unknown reasons.
Shea, wearing safety gear the time, was ejected during the crash. He was transported by EMS to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on John Shea Accident in Buchanan County
There's still a lot of missing details to work out here before anyone should feel comfortable saying what happened. How fast was the motorcycle traveling? What about the truck? How did the two collide? did the rider make some kind of error, or did the truck cut him off? I'm not pointing fingers either way or trying to overcomplicate things, but I think most people would agree that the story the news can currently provide is far from sufficient. Hopefully police are working on connecting more dots, but if they don't finish the picture then the victim's family may benefit from an independent investigator's help. What matters most is getting them as many answers as possible. If there's anything to do beyond that, knowing so will depend on what those answers turn out to be.