Robyn Birzer Killed in Multi-Vehicle Accident on I-75 in Butler Township, OH
Butler Township, OH — December 2, 2022, 20-year-old Robyn Birzer died and three people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on I-75 in Butler Township.
Authorities say the incident happened Friday afternoon along northbound I-75 near I-70. Preliminary investigation suggests a westbound tractor-trailer was on the ramp between the highways when the driver may have lost control for unknown reasons. The big rig exited the ramp and drove into the northbound lanes of I-75 where it crashed with another semi-truck, a Honda Civic, and a Ford Escape. It then crashed into a concrete barrier, causing debris to fly into a southbound Chevy Camaro.
Ford driver Robyn Birzer died in the crash. The second semi-truck driver Ntunzwenimana Mathieu, the Honda driver Clayton Barhorst, and the striking truck driver Lilemon Ferguson were taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The Camaro driver was unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Robyn Birzer Accident in Butler Township
While investigators clearly still have much work to do figuring out exactly how and why the truck driver lost control and veered into the road, I think most would say the facts point to him being at fault for the damage done in that wreck. Given its tragic aftermath it seems only right that the driver--and by extension his employer--accept responsibility and try to make amends.
Reasonable as that seems, however, few if any commercial truck accidents are that simple. People who've never been in one, fortunate as they are, may not realize the battles ahead for truck crash victims and their families. Trucking companies infamously dispute liability as long and hard as they can, and will go to great lengths to protect themselves.
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