One Killed in Bicycle, Truck Accident on Kansas Avenue in Topeka, KS
Topeka, KS -- September 1, 2022, one person sustained fatal injuries after an accident involving a bicyclist and a commercial truck.
EMS said they responded to the area of Kansas Avenue and 4th Street at around 1:30 p.m. It appears that a bicyclist was traveling through the intersection when a commercial truck somehow hit them. Officials did not say who had the right-of-way at the time.
Currently additional details about the accident are unavailable.
Commentary on Bicycle, Truck Accident on Kansas Avenue in Topeka
Something that always concerns me with crashes like this is that people are quick to blame bicyclists. Bicyclists can certainly make mistakes, but jumping to conclusions isn't going to get people the help or the answers they deserve. Even authorities can make these mistakes. In fact, I often advocate for independent investigations precisely because authorities tend to let important details slip through the cracks. Could it be similar mistakes are happening here? If nothing else, steps to ensure the victim's loved ones get answers would be wise.