• November 11, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by 18-Wheeler on US-127 in Ingham County, MI

Ingham County, MI — November 10, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 127 in Ingham County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 p.m. along US-127 near Baseline Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that an 18-wheeler was southbound on the road when a pedestrian allegedly entered the traffic lane.

The truck fatally hit the pedestrian in the roadway. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on US-127 in Ingham County

One thing I've learned over the years is that it's important to take preliminary reports with a grain of salt. I have no specific reason to doubt the way things police said happened in Ingham County, but their narrative is missing a lot of details that might shed some light on exactly why things went that way.

For instance: What is visibility like along that stretch of road? Are sightlines clear, or did something block either person's view of the other? How fast was the truck traveling at the time? Were its brakes functional? Was the driver awake, alert, and paying attention to his surroundings? Where did both parties come from prior to the accident?

That's just a handful of the many details that still need addressing. The point isn't to overcomplicate things or accuse anyone of wrongdoing, just to make sure all the relevant details are clear and only the facts tell the story. The victim's loved ones deserve no less than the truth, which means knowing that careful investigation was conducted to find it. Will police make that effort here?

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