• September 26, 2022

Timothy McFarland Killed in Crash with Tractor on Highway 59 in Shelby County, IA

Shelby County, IA — September 22, 2022, 33-year-old motorcyclist Timothy McFarland died in a crash with a farm tractor on Highway 59 in Shelby County.

Authorities say the incident happened Thursday evening along Highway 59. Preliminary investigation suggests McFarland was riding a motorcycle north on the highway when a tractor pulled into his path as it started to turn south.

McFarland crashed into the turning tractor and suffered fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Timothy McFarland Killed in Crash with Tractor on Highway 59 in Shelby County, IA

Commentary on Timothy McFarland Accident in Shelby County

It sounds from reports like the tractor's operator may have failed to yield to cross-traffic before beginning that turn. However, neither I nor the reporters were there and it's possible there were extenuating circumstances. That's why it's so important to check into the matter carefully and find the facts needed to tell the real story.

Hopefully law enforcement will be careful and thorough enough to do that, but experience makes me wonder if they'll just settle on a "good enough" story for their reports and then move on. If they don't plan to take the needed time and care to bring the truth and some help to the victim's loved ones, maybe independent efforts would stand a better chance of properly connecting the dots.

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