Martin Budimir Killed in Pedestrian Accident on I-65 in Boone County, IN
Boone County, IN — July 21, 2022, 38-year-old Martin Budimir was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 65 in Boone County.
According to reports the incident happened around 5:30 a.m. on southbound I-65 near I-865. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Budimir was on foot in the area for unknown reasons when he was struck and killed by a passing 18-wheeler.
Budimir died at the scene. The semi-truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Martin Budimir Accident in Boone County
It seems like there's no real telling what happened here yet, but hopefully investigators are hard at work putting more details together. Some may think things can't be that complicated if a pedestrian was hit on a busy highway, but few accidents are really as simplistic as the news makes them sound.
It may be risky for someone to be on foot in the highway, but that doesn't make a pedestrian "fair game" for drivers there. The law expects drivers--particularly professional ones--to avoid any accident they reasonably can, so if investigation found the truck driver was doing something that prevented them from reacting appropriately they could be at least partly at fault whether or not they had the right-of-way.
On the other hand, if evidence shows the driver had no way to reasonably avoid the victim then it would be unfair to hold them accountable for that. There are still questions about visibility, distraction, speeding, what the pedestrian was doing, and many others that need to be resolved before saying one way or the other whether the wreck could have been avoided.
I don't know better than anyone else what happened on I-65. I'm also not suggesting that pedestrians can't make mistakes or be at fault. It's just important that nobody jump to conclusions before all the facts are in. A full investigation must be conducted to be sure the victim's loved ones receive the answers they deserve.