Christy Fry Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-30 in Potter, NE
Potter, NE — October 31, 2022, 53-year-old Christy Fry was seriously injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 30 in Cheyenne County.
Authorities say the incident happened Monday afternoon along Highway 30 at Chestnut Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Fry was driving a Honda on Chestnut when she stopped at US-30. She started to make a left turn at the intersection, but allegedly failed to yield to an oncoming Kenworth 18-wheeler. The truck crashed into the Honda in the highway's travel lanes.
Responders extricated Fry from the Honda and airlifted her to a Scottsbluff hospital. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Christy Fry Accident in Potter
Pictures of that intersection seem to show vehicles on Chestnut Street are meant to yield to thru-traffic on Highway 30. It's not clear why the victim might not have done so, as there are still a lot questions that need answers. For instance: Did the Honda have mechanical problems or defects? Did the victim have medical complications that took her control away? Did anything block her view of the approaching big rig? Was signage present and clear at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Is there a history of similar crashes in that area? Is the intersection designed poorly? Could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision?
I'm not trying to overcomplicate things; further investigation could still find or confirm a simple explanation. Unusual factors are just sometimes overlooked, which can make big problems for victims and families in the aftermath of these serious wrecks. For example, there was an incident in West Texas not long ago where someone allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler. Police blamed the victim, but we later learned that road crews actually removed the intersection's signs during construction and didn't put them back. The victim didn't even know they had to stop, but until that critical detail was discovered they were unfairly blamed.
That was an unusual situation, but it's a good example of how many crashes aren't as simple as they seem. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt while appropriate efforts are made to learn the full story. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or would an independent investigation stand a better chance of finding answers?