• October 24, 2022

Richard Darges Killed in Truck Accident on Rt 89 in Crawford County, PA

Crawford County, PA — October 19, 2022, 61-year-old Richard Darges died in a single-vehicle truck accident on State Route 89 in Crawford County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:15 a.m. along Route 89 at Route 77, just north of Spartansburg. Preliminary investigation suggests Darges was driving a semi-truck north on the highway when he entered a curve toward eastbound Route 77. The truck reportedly overturned on its driver's side while passing through the curve.

Darges was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Richard Darges Accident in Crawford County

Accidents like this are often more complicated than they appear. People often feel that the person controlling the truck is responsible for losing that control, so a wreck like this--while indisputably tragic--falls on the driver. However, it's premature to assume that while there are still many unanswered questions: How did the driver lose control? Did he just make a mistake, or could something else have happened? Did he have a medical emergency? Was the truck in good condition? Could or should it have been designed differently to protect him better in a rollover? What were weather, traffic, and road conditions at the time?

Richard Darges Killed in Crawford County, PA Truck Accident on Route 89

I don't ask those questions to complicate things or point fingers. It's just important to recognize all the potential variables and investigate them carefully--mostly to be sure all the crash's details are known, but also because every available fact is needed to get those affected by the wreck the help they deserve.

It usually takes more than a few vague sentences in the news to tell the whole story, and police often have too many pulls on their limited time and resources to find the whole truth of a wreck. That's why I often suggest independent investigators with the time, tools, and training to look much closer. At the very least, the people who lost a loved one in this tragic incident deserve to know someone found the full story on their behalf.

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