• November 02, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by 18-Wheeler on I-99 in Snyder Township, PA

Snyder Township, PA — October 25, 2022, a 72-year-old Altoona man died when he was hit by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 99 in Blair County.

Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday morning along I-99 near mile marker 55.1, close to the Bald Eagle exit. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler was headed north on the freeway when investigators say its driver was unable to stop or avoid a man standing in the right travel lane.

After the collision the Altoona man was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on I-99 in Snyder Twp

Pedestrian accidents can be complex despite many people thinking they aren't. I've heard "Either the pedestrian was in a crosswalk or they were at fault" more times than I care to count, and the people inclined to say that don't typically show much sympathy for someone on foot in a highway's lanes either.

However, just about every accident is more complex than that. The law considers all a crash's variables to determine how avoidable it was--or at least should have been. For example: Was the pedestrian truly standing in a travel lane? If so, why? How long was he there before the truck passed through? Did other vehicles avoid him successfully? Reports don't provide a specific time of morning, so was the sun up? If not, is that area lit any other way? Were the truck's headlights on? Was the driver's attention fully on the road? Could or should anything else have been done to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

Pedestrian Killed by 18-Wheeler on I-99 in Snyder Township, PA

I'm not making any accusations or suggesting I know more than police and the news have said. I'm only saying what I often do: Even if preliminary reports seem fairly straightforward that someone was standing in a dangerous place, there could be more to the story. It's always best to carefully investigate all the possible factors in search of the whole truth; the victim's loved ones deserve no less. Will law enforcement's efforts be enough to get it for them?

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