• November 22, 2022

Ramon Amado-Flores Killed in Truck Accident near Tahlequah, OK

Tahlequah, OK — November 21, 2022, 49-year-old Ramon Amado-Flores died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 62 near Tahlequah.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:15 p.m. on US-62 at 490 Road. Investigators didn't release specific details about the crash but said a Peterbilt 18-wheeler collided with Amado-Flores' Kia Optima.

Amado-Flores was trapped in the Kia for roughly 45 minutes. After being extricated, he was transported to an area hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later. The truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation continues but state troopers cited failure to yield as a factor in the collision.

No further information is currently available.

Ramon Amado-Flores Killed in Truck Accident near Tahlequah, OK

Commentary on Ramon Amado-Flores Accident near Tahlequah

Authorities said one party or the other may have failed to yield here. I have no reason to doubt that (though it would have been nice to at least clarify which person was suspected of it), but I've also learned over the years that most accidents aren't really that one-dimensional. Even if someone failed to yield there's a lot more to learn--the vehicles' speeds, weather and road conditions, whether both drivers were awake and attentive, lighting and visibility, the vehicles' conditions, and many other variables.

Things are rarely as simple as preliminary reports make them seem, yet time and again I see people take them as the final word on the matter. Even law enforcement sometimes takes the few details they figure out at the scene as "good enough for reports" and moves on. Without the whole story many accident victims and their loved ones are left lacking important answers and badly-needed help; will that be an issue here?

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