Tina Jackman Killed in Truck Accident on Main Street in Logan, UT
Logan, UT — October 28, 2022, 65-year-old Tina Marie Jackman died when her wheelchair was hit by a cement truck on Main Street in downtown Logan.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 10:00 a.m. at 200 North and Main Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Jackman was crossing Main in a motorized wheelchair, using a crosswalk, when she was fatally struck by a cement truck turning from 200 North onto Main.
Jackman was pronounced dead at the scene. The uninjured truck driver remained and cooperated with police.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Tina Jackman Accident in Logan
Police suggested the driver might not have seen the victim before beginning his turn, and I have no reason to doubt that. However, unless he genuinely couldn't see her for some reason then that doesn't seem like a reason to fully pardon him from the terrible damage done here.
It's not my intent to come down on the driver. However, even if what happened was just a tragic mistake then it must be learned whether that mistake could or should have been avoided. How long was the victim in the crosswalk before the truck arrived and turned? Did anything affect visibility or sightlines? Did the victim have the right-of-way protected by lights at the crossing? Was the truck driver awake, alert, and paying attention to his surroundings? If not, why not?
Some may see asking for all specifics as salting a fresh wound, but that's never my intention. I just know that a difficult uphill battle typically awaits truck accident victims and their families. Knowing every last detail and having the clear evidence to support their story are critical, as most trucking companies are likely to argue with any suggestion of liability. Their attorneys and insurers often blame anything and everything they can to get them off the hot seat, and all their strategies must be overcome by clear proof and the know-how to use it.
No matter how accidental the crash was, if it was caused by negligence then the parties responsible for a woman's death should make what amends they can. If holding them accountable might also secure much-needed help for the victim's loved ones, that's all the more reason to take appropriate action and see they get it.