• August 31, 2022

Dannie Barcal Killed in Truck Accident on State Highway 79 in Hermosa, SD

Hermosa, SD — August 27, 2022, 80-year-old Dannie Barcal died when his SUV collided with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 79 in Hermosa.

Reports say the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on Hwy 79. Preliminary investigation suggests Barcal was driving a Dodge Journey SUV north on the highway when he made a left turn toward a parking lot. Reports say he failed to yield while turning and entered the path of a southbound tractor-trailer that struck the Dodge.

Barcal was critically injured in the collision. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The truck driver was unhurt. Both drivers were reportedly wearing seat belts.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Dannie Barcal Accident in Hermosa

Some may feel the news is pretty clear about what happened in Hermosa, but I've seen reports miss or leave out crucial details too many times. In many cases a second, more careful look confirms what police thought at the outset, but sometimes critical information is found that law enforcement missed--things that completely change how a crash is perceived.

In one recent case, for example, police said a driver turned in front of an 18-wheeler seemingly without reason, causing a fatal crash. Her family didn't believe she'd be that careless and asked us to look again.

Dannie Barcal Killed in Truck Accident on State Highway 79 in Hermosa, SD

Our investigators found some unusual details missed or unreported by police: There was a dense fog in the area at the time, the truck was traveling too fast for conditions, and its headlights might have been malfunctioning. All that put together is an obvious recipe for dangerously-reduced visibility, yet none of that was noticed by law enforcement at the scene.

I'm not saying the Hermosa accident is just like that, but it's important to weigh all the potential variables instead of jumping to conclusions. Unfortunately a "by the book" police investigation doesn't always find all the needed details to learn the whole truth, so victims and families are often better served by independent investigations.

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