• October 07, 2022

Cynthia Vanvleet, Philip Walter Killed in Truck Accident in Klamath County, OR

Klamath County, OR -- October 3, 2022, Cynthia Vanvleet and Philip Walter were killed after an accident where a car and a truck crashed.

Investigators were called to the area of Highway 97 mile marker 259 at around 9:00 p.m. Officials say that 57-year-old Philip Walter and 58-year-old Cynthia Vanvleet were in a car traveling northbound on the highway. The car may have gone into southbound lanes where it then crashed with an oncoming semi-truck.

As a result of the collision, Walter and Vanvleet both sustained fatal injuries. The truck driver was said to have minor injuries. At this time, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Cynthia Vanvleet, Philip Walter Truck Accident in Klamath County

Details like these are always concerning, but it's important folks take early information with a grain of salt. Further investigations could show there's a lot to this story than what police initially say. Not that long ago, I happened to handle a crossover wreck where it turned out authorities completely got the facts wrong.

Cynthia Vanvleet, Philip Walter Killed in Truck Accident in Klamath County, OR

In that incident, police said a car crossed the center line and hit an 18-wheeler. Through independent investigations, however, it became clear the investigating officer only said that based on where the vehicles came to a stop. Further evidence actually proved that the 18-wheeler crossed the center line, and the car was swerving to the left in an attempt to avoid it. Had there not been more thorough investigations, that family may never have learned the truth.

I'm not trying to cast doubt on this specific wreck or to make it seem like I know something the rest of the public doesn't. I merely wish to emphasize the importance of letting the evidence speak for itself. Ensuring the right people are looking into that evidence is the step families must take to get the answers they deserve.

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