Martin Whittier, Nate Brubaker Killed in Truck Accident on I-95 near Newark, DE
Newark, DE — August 11, 2022, 37-year-old Martin Whittier and 27-year-old Nate Brubaker died in a crash with a box truck on Interstate 95 near Newark.
According to reports the incident happened around 10:20 p.m. along I-95, where Whitter and Brubaker were in a disabled BMW M2 vehicle in the travel lanes. Investigators say a Freightliner box truck approached from behind and crashed into the stopped car, pushing it toward the shoulder. After the impact both men were pinned inside the car and the truck caught fire.
Whitter and Brubaker both suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Martin Whittier, Nate Brubaker Accident near Newark
Reports paint a rough picture of what happened on I-95, but right now they're light on any specific reasons why things went that way. There are still many lingering questions: How long was the car disabled in the road before the truck arrived? Were the car's lights activated--brake lamps and hazards? Is the area illuminated any other way at night? Did anything obstruct the truck driver's view of the disabled car as they approached it? Was the trucker awake, alert, and paying attention to the road? If not, why not? Depending on how long the car was stopped in the lane, could or should the truck driver reasonably have avoided it? Did other drivers successfully go around it?
Those questions and the many others that still need attention aren't meant to overcomplicate things or make accusations. I'm only saying what I so often do: When someone is hurt or killed in an accident like this it's important not to jump to any conclusions, but instead to investigate carefully and learn all the available facts. Little as I like saying it, police don't always do that.
To make sure there are no unfilled blanks after law enforcement wraps up, it's often best for victims and families to conduct their own investigations with the help of independent experts. At the very least, the victims' loved ones and everyone else affected by their tragic passing deserve to know that no stone was left unturned to find out the whole truth. Anything beyond that would depend on what investigators learn.