Michael Rasmussen Killed in Crash with Garbage Truck on Providence Rd in Charlotte, NC
UPDATE (December 5, 2022): Authorities have identified the victim of this accident as 58-year-old Michael Rasmussen. The truck driver involved in the crash, 30-year-old Alexander True, was reportedly arrested on a potential charge of misdemeanor death by vehicle.
Charlotte, NC — November 30, 2022, one person was fatally injured in a crash with a garbage truck on Providence Road in Charlotte.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:40 a.m. along Providence at Fairview Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Subuaru SUV entered the roads' intersection with a green light when a Mack garbage truck ran its red light and crashed into the SUV head-on.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Michael Rasmussen Accident in Charlotte
Just about any wreck involving a commercial or government vehicle is more complicated than people may realize. Much of that comes from how reluctant their owners tend to be to accept any liability, and how hard they'll fight to say a wreck wasn't their fault. Given the details in the Charlotte wreck some might not see how such an argument would be made, but I've had to caution many people against underestimating how stubborn--and inventive--defense attorneys can be.
Moreover, because the accident happened in North Carolina there are additional wrinkles. The Tar Heel State uses a system of liability called pure contributory negligence to determine fault for a wreck. In a nutshell, it says that a crash victim must prove the other party was 100% responsible for an accident. If defense can show the victim was even slightly to blame for what happened, the case is thrown out. It's not impossible to build a case under those conditions, but that case must be built on clear and indisputable facts--and the truck driver's apparent arrest shouldn't be taken as a guarantee of fault.
Unfortunately police don't always go the "extra mile" needed to find the evidence that victims and families need. That's why I almost always suggest an independent investigation to make sure all the facts are found. Whatever it uncovers, the people affected deserve to know that every effort was made to find the whole story. If any other action is warranted, knowing that will depend largely on investigators' findings.