Stephen and Monique Henry Injured in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run in Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, KS — October 26, 2022, Stephen and Monique Henry were injured in a crash with a hit-and-run big rig on Interstate 635 in Kansas City.
Authorities say the incident happened around noon along I-635 near Metropolitan Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Stephen Henry was driving a Honda Accord south on the highway when a nearby semi-truck changed lanes and hit the car. Henry then lost control and crashed into the median barrier. The truck continued away from the scene without stopping.
Henry, 29, and his passenger Monique Henry, 32, received suspected minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Stephen and Monique Henry Accident in Kansas City
It's obviously very concerning that the truck involved in this collision left the scene. Some might argue the driver didn't notice the impact that sent the victims into the barrier, but even if the physical bump wasn't too severe the noise and commotion of two vehicles crashing likely should have been enough for the trucker to at least check a mirror.
Even then, is it possible that the driver didn't realize the damage done and continued away from the scene? Of course. I only think it's important not to take that for granted and instead consider whether there's something else to the story. For instance, in many situations a truck driver flees a crash scene because he had something else to hide--intoxicated driving, active warrants, a suspended license, violating hours of service, etc.
Some may feel I'm just being cynical with all that, but years of experience have taught me things aren't always what they seem. Will police just assume that this was a misunderstanding, or will they at least try to find out whether anything else was at play? If they plan to find the driver and then more or less write the thing off to unfortunate circumstance--particularly since the victims' injuries were supposedly minor, though that's not always true in the long run--more thorough independent investigations may be needed to ensure the whole truth is found. Getting folks the help they need and making sure the right people are held accountable are both important parts of truly seeing justice done.