• August 03, 2022

Dana Rodericks Killed in Wilmerding, PA Garbage Truck Accident

Wilmerding, PA — August 2, 2022, 47-year-old Dana Rodericks was killed when his garbage truck crashed into two houses in Allegheny County.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of Patton and Jefferson streets. Preliminary investigation suggests Rodericks ' garbage truck began to turn from Jefferson onto Patton when the driver lost control. The truck traveled off the road and plowed into two houses just off the intersection.

Dana Rodericks suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Dana Rodericks Accident in Wilmerding

New reports paint a picture of a driver losing control in a turn. I have no reason to doubt how they portray the incident, but I also notice there's little to no explanation of exactly how or why the truck crashed. If the driver lost control, why? Was the truck going too fast to complete the turn? Locals say traffic often goes too fast in that area, particularly down a nearby hill; is the intersection placed or designed poorly to deal with that? Is it possible the truck itself malfunctioned somehow? Was it properly maintained? Was the driver awake, alert, and paying attention to his surroundings? If not, why not?

Dana Rodericks Killed in Wilmerding, PA Garbage Truck Accident

Asking more questions isn't about trying to overcomplicate the crash or point fingers. I just know from long experience that people are sometimes unfairly blamed for incidents that further investigation shows were really out of their hands. A crash caused by carelessness looks the same as one caused by brake failure from the outside, but obviously those are very different situations. That's why it's so important to carefully investigate and learn all the facts--the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt and their family should get every answer they can.

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