• August 12, 2022

Jamal Garrett Killed in Fresno, CA Crash with Garbage Truck at Chestnut and Lane

UPDATE (August 16, 2022): Authorities have identified the man who died in this accident as 39-year-old Jamal Garrett.

Fresno, CA — August 11, 2022, one person died in a collision with a City of Fresno garbage truck at a local intersection.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 9:10 a.m. at the crossing of Chestnut and Lane avenues. Preliminary investigation suggests a sedan was westbound on Lane at alleged high speeds when it collided with the city garbage truck at Chestnut. After the impact the car ran off the road and came to rest in the front yard of a nearby house.

The sedan driver was fatally injured in the crash. The truck driver received minor injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Crash at Chestnut and Lane in Fresno

When a wreck happens at a light-controlled intersection like the one where this reportedly occurred, folks may think determining who's to blame is as simple as finding out who had the green light and the right-of-way. Sometimes that's true, but other times things are more complicated.

To make sure the full story is learned it's important to dig deeper than just learning who went on green. How fast were both vehicles traveling? The news says the sedan was speeding but an actual number would be far more useful. Did one of the vehicles malfunction or have a defect? Were both drivers awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings? Is this intersection dangerous or somehow designed poorly? Do the lights work correctly? Did someone run a steady red, or did they try to beat a changing yellow one?

Jamal Garrett Killed in Fresno, CA Crash with Garbage Truck at Chestnut and Lane

It may be some time before police get answers to some of those questions (if they even look for them), but sometimes their efforts aren't enough. So-called "finished" police reports rarely tell the whole story, and getting the facts they miss may require independent professionals with enough time, the right tools, and abundant experience. Whatever led to this accident, making sure the victim's loved ones know the full story is crucial. Will that effort be made here?

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