• November 11, 2022

Bryan Hager Killed, Bethany Stine Injured by Semi-Truck on Rt 33 in Crawford County, IL

Crawford County, IL — November 10, 2022, pedestrians Bryan Hager and Bethany Stine were injured, one fatally, by a truck on Route 33 in Crawford County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:50 a.m. along Route 33 near 150 North. Preliminary investigation suggests Hager and Stine were walking in the roadway when a semi-truck passed through and struck them.

Hager was pronounced dead at the scene. Stine was transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Truck driver Christopher Russell was unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Bryan Hager, Bethany Stine Accident on Rt 33

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 Crawford County, but their narrative is missing many details that might help clarify why things went that way.

For instance: What's visibility like in that area? Is it illuminated at night? Are sightlines clear? Any blind corners or curves? How fast was the truck traveling? Was it in good repair--brakes, tires, steering, lights? Was the driver awake, alert, and paying attention to his surroundings? Where were pedestrians before their walk that night?

Bryan Hager Killed, Bethany Stine Injured by Semi-Truck on Rt 33 in Crawford County, IL

That's just a handful of the many details that still need addressing. The point isn't to overcomplicate things or make premature accusations, just to make sure all the relevant details are clear and only the facts tell the story. The victims' 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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