Dean Royer Killed in Truck Accident in Erwin, SD
Erwin, SD -- August 29, 2022, Dean Royer sustained fatal injuries as the result of a semi-truck accident.
Investigators said that the crash took place along 200th Street west of Erwin. It appears that 71-year-old Dean Royer was in a semi-truck traveling eastbound on the road. The truck possibly went off-road, causing it to lose control and overturn in an embankment.
Royer was taken to a Minnesota hospital where it appears he succumbed to his injuries on September 7. No other injuries were reported. Additional details from the South Dakota Highway Patrol are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Dean Royer Truck Accident in Erwin
There are a lot of things which could have led to this crash, but there's a particular factor which I'm concerned authorities aren't giving enough attention. They rarely do. Put simply, when a truck overturns, it's important to understand if the driver should have been able to survive. If so, this man's death may have actually been the result of a manufacturing defect.
A lot of trucks simply don't prioritize the safety of drivers. As a result, the cabins can cave in far too easily on what should be relatively minor rollovers. The technology exists and is reasonable accessible, yet manufacturers continue to penny pinch at the expense of their own customers. Maybe this crash was serious enough that fatal injuries couldn't be avoided, but it's important the victim's loved ones know they're getting the full story.