• July 25, 2022

Todd Tikka Killed in Car Accident in Duluth, MN

Duluth, MN -- July 22, 2022, Todd Tikka was killed as the result of an accident where his vehicle crashed along the interstate.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:45 p.m. along I-535 on the Blatnik Bridge.

Reports said that 55-year-old Todd Tikka was in a vehicle traveling northbound on the interstate when the vehicle somehow lost control and hit the median barrier. The vehicle then swerved into a piece of construction equipment.

Reports say that Tikka wasn't wearing a seatbelt and died due to the crash. No further information about the accident is available at this time.

Commentary on Todd Tikka Car Accident in Duluth

Something to keep in mind after tragic accidents like this is that the circumstances aren't always within the authorities ability to thoroughly investigate. Having independent investigators look into a serious crash is both for investigating unusual circumstances as well as catching potential mistakes.

Todd Tikka Killed in Car Accident in Duluth, MN

For example, police say the victim wasn't wearing a seatbelt here. That's certainly possible, but I've come across plenty of crashes where that was outright wrong. Sometimes, the seatbelt breaks at a certain spot, causing it to fail. Sometimes there's a defect with the seat itself, causing it to collapse during the collision. I've even had a situation where someone's entire seat assembly came out of the vehicle, killing the driver.

Whether or not a defect is likely isn't really the point. The point also isn't to undermine the efforts of authorities. It's simply that someone lost their life here, and I'm concerned that's not getting the thorough attention it deserves. If nothing else, a grieving family deserves to know they're getting the full story.

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