• November 01, 2022

One Killed in Car Accident near Swallow and Stearman in Pasco, WA

Pasco, WA — October 31, 2022, one person died when a car and a flatbed truck collided on Swallow Avenue in Pasco.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:10 p.m. near the intersection of Swallow and Stearman avenues, close to the Starlite Motel. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a Honda sedan and a pickup truck with a flatbed trailer collided head-on in the area, resulting in one fatality.

The wreck remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

One Killed in Car Accident near Starlite Motel in Pasco, WA

Commentary on Pasco Car Accident near Swallow and Stearman

I can't help wondering if police will really manage to clear up what happened here. Little as I like saying it, I wouldn't be terribly surprised if they left some big questions unanswered before they moved on.

Police can't always afford to prioritize accident reconstruction, even after fatal crashes, which means important details--even crucial sources of evidence--might slip through the cracks. Not long ago we had a case where police threw up their hands and told the people involved to sort things out themselves. One of those people came to us, and it didn't take long to find security cameras with clear footage showing the other person was responsible for the damage. The officer assigned to that wreck might just have been new or impatient, but it still puzzles me how ready they were to just abandon an unfinished investigation.

Maybe nothing like that will happen in Washington, but because it's possible that police efforts won't be enough it's important to understand what else should be looked for--and who should do the looking.

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