• August 31, 2022

Sharice Bilbee Killed in Moped, Truck Accident in Grant County, IN

Grant County, IN -- August 29, 2022, Sharice Bilbee was killed due to an accident where a semi-truck hit a moped along Baldwin Avenue.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 10:13 p.m. at the intersection of Baldwin Avenue and Fourth Street.

Officials said that 29-year-old Sharice Bilbee was on a moped traveling southbound on Baldwin. Reports said that a semi-trailer may have disregarded a red light and crashed with Bilbee's moped.

Due to the collision, Bilbee sustained fatal injuries. Right now, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Sharice Bilbee Moped, Truck Accident in Grant County

If the reports here are true, then it seems pretty damn clear a serious mistake led to this tragedy. How a professional commercial truck driver manages to go through a red light is beyond me. We have kids on the playground playing "Red Light, Green Light," but some drivers simply can't follow the most basic of rules. So what exactly went wrong here? Answering that question can be far more complex than folks may realize.

I've been assisting families with commercial vehicle accidents for 30 years now, and calling something like this straight-forward or open-and-shut simply wouldn't be true. Commercial truck wrecks almost always involve unique factors that even authorities may not have the tools or experience to look into. That's why it's important to ensure there are thorough independent investigations.

Sharice Bilbee Killed in Moped, Truck Accident in Grant County, IN

I'll give a perfect example. A while back, we handled a situation involving a truck driver that crashed while texting and driving. As clear as that seemed, our continued efforts brought up more serious issues. It turned out the driver was texting his supervisor. This idiot of a boss would constantly call and text drivers throughout the day, and if they didn't respond immediately, he'd get on their case. Essentially, he threatened to fire them if they waited until it was safe to text him back. It was inevitable this would lead to a serious accident, but that supervisor either didn't care or was too stupid to know the risks.

With a situation like that, just throwing all the blame on one person wouldn't be right. There was a whole company putting lives at risk, and getting the victim's loved ones the help they needed was as important as holding the company accountable and ensuring they cleaned up their act before more people got hurt.

I'm not at all suggesting that happened here. For all I know, these reports are inaccurate or missed something unusual like a mechanical defect the truck driver couldn't avoid. My point is simply that even the most likely explanation--that the truck driver screwed up and got someone killed--is not as straight forward as people may think. Taking the time to ensure victims and families have all the tools needed to see some accountability should be a priority in the days following a tragedy of this magnitude.

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