• October 11, 2022

Thurman H. Smith Jr. Killed in Dump Truck Accident in Gloucester County, NJ

Gloucester County, NJ -- October 6, 2022, Thurman Smith Jr. was killed following an accident where a car and a dump truck collided.

Investigators said that the incident happened just before midnight in the Monroe Township area near the intersection of Route 322/Glassboro Road and Fries Mill Road.

Officials said that 37-year-old Thurman Smith Jr. was in a car traveling westbound on the highway. Somehow, Smith's vehicle crashed into the back of a dump truck.

The crash resulted in fatal injuries to Smith. The cause of the crash remains unclear at this time.

Commentary on Thurman Smith Jr. Dump Truck Accident in Gloucester County

Folks tend to read that someone hit the back of a truck, and they just assume that driver did something wrong. Things just aren't that simple. There are plenty of situations where someone rear-ends a vehicle without being in the wrong.

Thurman H. Smith Jr. Killed in Dump Truck Accident in Gloucester County, NJ

Not even that long ago, for example, I was looking into a crash where authorities said someone failed to slow down and rear-ended an 18-wheeler. Weeks later, however, investigations revealed the 18-wheeler had merged from the shoulder without turning its lights on. Who in their right mind would blame a victim for failing to avoid a truck they couldn't see?

I'm not saying that happened here, of course, but it's important folks have a healthy amount of skepticism until it's clear they're getting all the facts. Statements from authorities alone just may not cut it.

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