Bianca Ibarra Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills, CA
UPDATE (October 24, 2022): Authorities have identified the victim of this accident as 33-year-old Bianca Ibarra.
Woodland Hills, CA — October 19, 2022, one person died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:30 a.m. on the 101 near Shoup Avenue. The cause and circumstances of the accident aren't known yet, but responding police found a passenger vehicle wedged more than halfway beneath the back of a semi-truck's trailer. Reports indicate the truck was stopped in a gore point when responders arrived.
The passenger vehicle's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people reportedly sustained serious injuries.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Bianca Ibarra Accident in Woodland Hills
Folks tend to see a rear-end collision like this one seems to be and just assume the rear-ending driver is automatically in the wrong. It's quite common for that driver to have made a mistake that led to the crash, but it's irresponsible to make any hasty assumptions as continued investigations could bring new information to light.
I looked into a crash with similar details not long ago. First reports only said the victim rear-ended a big rig, leading many to fault that person. However, investigators later added that the truck had just moments before pulled from the shoulder into a travel lane--without its lights on. What folks initially thought was due to the victim speeding or being on their phone was actually because of someone else's negligence they had no way of avoiding.
I'm not saying that's exactly what happened here, but it would surprise people to know how often authorities overlook important details during a "by the numbers" effort at a crash scene. That's why independent investigations are often necessary for ensuring victims and families get the whole story.