• September 13, 2022

Bradley Wendel Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-127 in Mercer County, OH

Mercer County, OH — September 11, 2022, 33-year-old Bradley Wendel died when his Jeep collided with a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 127 in Mercer County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of US-127 and State Route 119. Preliminary investigation suggests Wendel was driving a Jeep Cherokee west on SR 119 when he allegedly disregarded a stop sign as US-127. After entering the highway's travel lanes the Jeep collided with the trailer of a passing 18-wheeler.

Wendel suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

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

Commentary on Bradley Wendel Accident in Mercer County

It's not clear why the victim might have failed to yield at the stop sign (if reports have their facts straight), but before anyone decides he just made a costly mistake it's important to consider whether there might be more to the story.

For example: Could the Jeep have had some kind of mechanical or brake problem that kept it from stopping? Could something have incapacitated the driver? Did anything block his view of cross-traffic? Was signage covered or missing at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been factors? Is the intersection designed poorly? Setting aside right-of-way, could the commercial truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

Bradley Wendel Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-127 in Mercer County, OH

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or unfairly point any fingers. Many crashes just aren't as simple as they might first appear and crucial details are often overlooked or misunderstood. When someone is fatally injured in an accident, it seems right to want a careful investigation into exactly how and why that happened. In the meantime he deserves the benefit of the doubt and his loved ones deserve all the answers and help they can get.

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