• August 18, 2022

Riverside, California Woman Killed in Truck Stop Accident in Ellensburg, WA

Ellensburg, WA -- August 15, 2022, a California woman was killed due to an accident where a tractor-trailer struck her at a truck stop.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:45 p.m. at the Flying J station at 1307 North Dolarway.

According to news reports, the victim was a 65-year-old woman from Riverside, California. Dashcam video of the incident shows the woman walking through the station lot when a blue semi towing a trailer approached her from behind. The video cuts off there, but reports say that truck ran over the woman.

Riverside, California Woman Killed in Truck Stop Accident in Ellensburg, WA

After the incident, EMS transported the woman to a hospital via helicopter. She later died there. Officials did not report any charges resulting from the accident. Ellensburg Police and Kittitas County Sheriff's officials continue their investigations.

Commentary on Fatal Truck Stop Accident in Ellensburg

While I certainly can't draw any concrete conclusions about something without clear evidence from a thorough independent investigation, I find it challenging to think of a scenario in which the truck driver didn't make a huge mistake here.

This was during daylight hours, the woman was in about as clear view as possible, and the video shows the truck traveling a significant distance before presumably hitting her. What in the world prevented the truck from slowing down? The dashcam video would likely make it difficult for anyone to avoid responsibility for an accident like this, though I have little doubt the company involved here will still try their damnedest to do just that.

What folks often don't know due to inexperience is that finding out what happened in an accident is only part of the process. Proving what happened and getting the other party to take responsibility is something else entirely. Trucking companies have teams of professionals dedicated to tipping the scales in their favor. If they can't convince anyone their driver did nothing wrong, they'll go after the "worth" of the victims. They'll put up barriers between families and the evidence they need. They even sometimes extend a seemingly helpful hand only to dupe unsuspecting and grieving families into signing away their rights.

I've been doing this for 30 years now, and I've seen just about every trick companies have up their sleeves. Understanding and anticipating these challenges can be the difference between a family being left out to dry and a family seeing justice done for their hardships. Again, I can't say I know exactly what happened here. But based on information currently available, someone almost certainly needs to be held accountable for this tragedy. Are the proper steps being taken to see that through?

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