• November 07, 2022

Sammy Sadaka Killed in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run on I-40 in Franklin County, AR

Franklin County, AR — November 6, 2022, 62-year-old Sammy Sadaka died in a hit-and-run crash with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 40 in rural Franklin County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 a.m. on I-40 near mile marker 38. Preliminary investigation suggests Sadaka was driving behind a commercial 18-wheeler in a Toyota Camry when his car's front end may have hit the right-rear of the truck. After the impact the semi-truck continued away from the scene and has not yet been located.

Sadaka suffered fatal injuries in the collision.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Sammy Sadaka Accident in Franklin County

While trying to connect the dots here I suspect investigators will focus much of their attention on exactly how and why the victim crashed into another vehicle. Clearly that's important to figure out, but I hope they'll expend the same effort location the truck that left the scene as that driver should account for his actions. He might not have realized a car hit the back of his trailer, but even if the physical jolt wasn't too severe the noise of two vehicles crashing likely should have been enough 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.

Sammy Sadaka Killed in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run on I-40 in Franklin County, AR

Some may feel that's just cynicism talking, 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 involved? If they expect to find the driver and then more or less write the wreck off, 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 seeing justice done.

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