Mitchel McCarthy Killed in Truck Accident on I-80 in Austintown, OH
Austintown, OH — September 26, 2022, 29-year-old Mitchel McCarthy died in a collision with a semi-truck on Interstate 80 in Austintown.
Authorities say the incident happened Thursday along eastbound I-80 near I-680. Preliminary investigation suggests McCarthy was driving a Ram pickup east when he tried to pass a semi-truck "at a high rate of speed." He merged toward the front of the semi but wasn't clear yet; the pickup hit the big rig's front and went out of control. It overturned and rolled multiple times, then came to rest in the southbound lanes of I-680.
McCarthy was ejected during the rollover and suffered fatal injuries. The semi-truck driver was unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Mitchel McCarthy Accident in Austintown
Reports paint a picture of a lane change gone wrong. I have no specific reason to doubt what police say happened, but part of me wonders if that's really the whole story. I've done this more than long enough to see plenty of police reports that were incomplete or mistaken, yet were regarded as the gospel truth of an accident.
There are still a lot of details to learn here to be sure the whole story is found. For instance: How fast were both vehicles traveling? If the pickup was going "at a high rate of speed" and yet didn't easily pass the big rig, does that mean the semi-truck was speeding too? What were road and weather conditions like at the time? Were both drivers awake, alert, and paying careful attention to their surroundings?
I'm not trying to complicate things or point fingers here. I'm just saying that getting the truth often requires more thorough investigations than police have the time or patience to conduct. A victim or family looking for answers deserves to know the real story, which is why I emphasize the importance of independent investigations after serious truck wrecks. A closer look by seasoned experts might reveal the same thing police already said, but it's always best to know for sure.