Patricia Lauricella Killed, Three Injured in Truck Accident on Hamilton Ave in Colerain Tw, OH
Colerain, OH — August 6, 2022, 69-year-old Patricia Lauricella died and three people were injured in a collision on Hamilton Avenue in Colerain Township.
According to reports the incident happened around noon on Hamilton at the Interstate 275 overpass. Preliminary investigation suggests Lauricella was a passenger in a sedan that crashed under unknown circumstances with a tractor-trailer.
Lauricella was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other people involved in the wreck reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to an area hospital.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Patricia Lauricella Accident in Colerain Twp
There isn't a lot of information yet about how exactly this crash happened or what started it, but surely the fact that someone was fatally injured means the incident warrants careful investigation. As police work to make sense of what happened, though, it's best not to jump to any conclusions.
Many potential factors still need to be evaluated: Possible driver mistakes like distraction or speeding, problems or defects in the involved vehicles, road conditions and design, visibility and sightlines, missing or unclear signage, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other things that could have influenced the crash. Until those variables have been considered it's still anyone's guess how this tragedy unfolded.
Of course, a "by the book" police investigation may not actually get to all those details before it reaches a conclusion. They only have so much time and so many resources to devote to a crash before their priorities pull them elsewhere. That's why after a major accident--particularly one involving a commercial truck--an independent investigation usually stands a better chance of learning the whole story. Whatever it is, the people affected deserve all the answers they can get. Those answers would also help determine what other steps, if any, should be taken.