• August 23, 2022

Earl McCarthy, Diana McCarthy, Andriedy Montesino Hernandez Killed in Truck Accident on Highway 21 in Adams County, WI

UPDATE (August 24, 2022): Reports identified the victims in the crash. They were 74-year-old Earl McCarthy and 68-year-old Diana McCarthy of Lindenhurst, IL, and 37-year-old Andriedy Montesino Hernandez of Davie, FL. No additional details about the crash are available at this time.

Adams County, WI -- August 22, 2022, three people were killed after an accident where a semi-truck crashed with an SUV on Highway 21.

In initial reports, officials said that the crash happened in the Town of Friendship area at the intersection of Highway 21 and County Highway Z.

According to reports, a semi-truck was traveling along Highway 21 when it appears an SUV pulled off of County Highway Z. Doing so, the truck swerved but still hit the SUV, then went off-road and overturned.

Earl McCarthy, Diana McCarthy, Andriedy Montesino Hernandez Killed in Truck Accident in Adams County, WI

The driver of the truck, a 37-year-old Florida man, sustained fatal injuries. Two people in the SUV also sustained fatal injuries. Reports identified them as a 74-year-old man and 68-year-old woman from Illinois.

No further information about the crash is available at this time.

Commentary on Fatal Truck Accident on Highway 21 in Adams County

While folks may be quick to jump to conclusions about a crash like this, there could be extenuating circumstances which require more thorough independent investigations. Was signage at the intersection clearly visible? What condition was the road in? Did any mechanical defects contribute to the crash? Did everyone's seatbelts and airbags function? Did the truck crush too easily due to poor construction? Is this a notoriously dangerous intersection?

Quite frankly, these are some questions I always look into which police seem to overlook consistently. As such, it's often crucial to ensure independent investigators look into things. Otherwise, important details could slip through the cracks. For families looking for answers, that's simply not acceptable.

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