• October 12, 2022

Patsy Riley Killed, Ronald Westfall, Leatha Furrh Injured in Truck Accident in Love County, OK

Love County, OK-- October 10, 2022, Patsy Riley was killed and Ronald Westfall, Leatha Furrh, and Johnathan Smith were injured in a semi-truck accident.

In initial statements, authorities said that the collision happened west of Marietta along Highway 32 at around 8:00 p.m.

It appears that the events began as 77-year-old Ronald Westfall was on a motorcycle traveling eastbound. When Westfall slowed to make a turn, police say a semi-truck driven by Johnathan Smith swerved to avoid hitting the motorcycle. The truck hit the bike anyway, then went into oncoming lanes and hit a pickup said to be driven by 65-year-old Leatha Fuhrr.

As a result of the collision, 75-year-old Patsy Riley, who was a passenger in the pickup, sustained fatal injuries. Westfall, Fuhrr, and Smith were all taken to area hospitals for treatment. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Patsy Riley, Ronald Westfall, Leatha Furrh Truck Accident in Love County

While I can't say that I know all the facts here, the facts currently available to the public are more than concerning. It's challenging to see how this could happen without the truck driver doing something wrong.

Is it possible there were unusual circumstances, such as mechanical issues, someone not using their lights, road hazards, etc.? Sure, and a prudent accident reconstructionist would consider these things. But I've helped hundreds of families with commercial vehicle wrecks. The fact of the matter is this is almost always the result of a truck driver going too fast, following too closely, or not paying attention to the road.

Unfortunately, even if something like that happened, seeing accountability for the injuries and the death this crash caused is anything but simple. Trucking companies always have ways to shift the blame, muddy the waters, and otherwise tip the scales in their favor.

That's why I have articles like the one below. It's vital folks have some understanding of the obstacles they may face in a situation like this. Overcoming these barriers can be crucial for getting a family the answers and the help they need--not to mention seeing the right people held accountable for their hardships. Considering the tragic consequences here, I'd say this crash is likely far from being an exception.

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