• October 13, 2022

Gale Stauffer Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on US-30 in Mohican Township, OH

Mohican Township, OH — October 12, 2022, 57-year-old Gale Stauffer died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 30 in Ashland County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:45 p.m. along US-30 at County Road 2175 in Mohican Township. Preliminary investigation suggests Stauffer was driving a Mitsubishi Outlander west on the highway when she started to turn left onto CR 2175. While turning the Mitsubishi entered the path of an eastbound Kenworth 18-wheeler and the two vehicles crashed in the roadway.

Stauffer suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The truck driver was evaluated and released at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Gale Stauffer Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on US-30 in Mohican Twp, OH

Commentary on Gale Stauffer Accident in Mohican Twp

It seems from early reports like the victim may not have yielded to thru-traffic before turning. I have no specific reason to doubt that, but at the same time I've learned over the years to take preliminary findings well-salted until experienced investigators look for more details.

That's not meant to insult the hard work of police, just to acknowledge that their limited time and resources--not to mention all their competing priorities--mean they sometimes find a plausible explanation and then look no further, even when that closer scrutiny might show critical details they missed before. If there's more to the story but the proof slips through the cracks, that's obviously a big problem for victims and families if they look for answers or help. That's why I so often suggest that independent experts take a second look. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know that every effort was made to bring them the whole truth; anything else would depend on what that truth is.

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