Shirley Morris Killed in Truck Accident in Harlem, GA
Harlem, GA -- July 15, 2022, Shirley Morris died as the result of an accident where a truck crashed into multiple vehicles.
Investigators reported that the incident occurred on June 21 at around 11:30 a.m. off the corner of Appling Harlem Road and Old Union Road.
According to officials, Shirley Morris was in a Chevy pickup traveling along Appling Harlem Road. From northbound lanes, a semi-truck somehow crashed with a Nissan Rogue, causing the Nissan to crash into Morris's vehicle.
As a result of the crash, Morris went to a hospital with critical injuries. She reportedly succumbed to those injuries on July 15. It's unclear if anyone else was hurt.
In recent reports, authorities identified the semi driver as Christina Richardson. Authorities listed multiple pending charges, including operating an unregistered vehicle, operating with an expired license, and homicide by vehicle. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Shirley Morris Truck Accident in Harlem
If the allegations surrounding this tragedy are accurate, then it is at least a positive step forward to see someone held accountable for such awful events. But I'm curious whether or not those charges truly address the issues that led to the crash. Could there be more to this story?
To be clear, I don't know anything more about this crash than what's in the news, and even those details I take with a grain of salt until I've seen more thorough independent investigations. But a big part of those independent investigations is they can look into things beyond the driver's actions alone. After all, this appeared to be a commercial truck. Was this driver working for a company at the time? If so, is it true they had someone without a license operating an unregistered truck? That would be unbelievably irresponsible for a lot of reasons, and it would warrant more thorough consequences than criminal charges alone could address.
Folks may assume that allegations such as these essentially rule out the possibility of a company being involved. Surely this was just an individual with their own commercial truck flouting the rules, right? Well, I've been doing this for 30 years. Folks would be shocked to see how reckless some companies are. Maybe that won't be what happened here, but there's a family out there who lost a loved one. Don't they deserve to know they're getting the full story?