Phyllis Elaine Hoffman Killed in Truck Accident in Audubon County, IA
Audubon County, IA -- October 9, 2022, Phyllis Elaine Hoffman was killed after an accident where a car and a truck crashed head-on.
Officials with the Iowa State Patrol indicated that the incident happened at around 2:48 p.m. along West Washington Street, just outside Exira.
Details said that 75-yeer-old Phyllis Elaine Hoffman was in a car traveling eastbound on Washington Street. That car may have crossed into oncoming lanes where it crashed into a commercial truck.
Due to the collision, Hoffman sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, no further information is available.
Commentary on Phyllis Elaine Hoffman Truck Accident in Audubon County
With crashes like this, it can be a bit took easy for folks to take the initial details at face value. I learned throughout my career, though, the importance of letting the evidence speak for itself. Authorities aren't always as thorough as one would hope.
Case in point, I handled a crossover wreck not long ago where authorities blamed a driver for veering into oncoming lanes and hitting an 18-wheeler. Once we had independent accident reconstructionists look into things, though, it became apparent that police got the facts wrong. What really happened was the semi drifted over the center line, and the victim swerved left to avoid it. The 18-wheeler then went back into its original lane where the vehicles collided.
I'm not at all trying to say that happened here. But if authorities can make a mistake like that, imagine what other details may slip through the cracks. Ensuring there are independent investigations can help to bring all the facts to light so the evidence can speak for itself. Hopefully those steps are being taken here.