• December 12, 2022

One Killed in Fiery Crash with Tow Truck near 22nd Ave and 17th Ln in Miami, FL

Miami, FL — December 11, 2022, one person died in a fiery collision with a tow truck on Southwest 22nd Avenue in Miami.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:20 a.m. in the area of Southwest 22nd and 17th Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a passenger vehicle and a tow truck crashed in the area, after which the passenger vehicle caught fire and became engulfed.

Responders were able to rescue the tow truck driver but couldn't reach the victim in the flaming car. That driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are still investigating the cause and circumstances of the wreck, but area residents reportedly said speed may have been a factor.

No further information is available at this time.

One Killed in Fiery Crash with Tow Truck near 22nd Ave and 17th Ln in Miami, FL

Commentary on Auto Accident at 22nd and 17th in Miami

Police don't seem to know quite yet how this terrible incident occurred. Locals suggested speeding may have been involved, and while I have no reason to doubt them (even though they didn't clarify who was allegedly speeding) I'd still suggest a full investigation by professionals to ensure the whole story is learned. Having said that, I wonder exactly how much attention police will devote to this before reporting their findings and moving on.

That's not meant to insult law enforcement, only to acknowledge that they're sometimes at the mercy of warring priorities and limited resources. Officers sometimes lack the time, tools, or training to carefully evaluate all the possible factors and learn the whole truth. When that happens and critical details slip through the cracks, victims and families in search of answers often come away empty-handed and that's clearly a big problem. That's why I often recommend that independent experts take another look and ensure all the blanks are properly filled. Would their efforts stand a better chance of getting important information to the people who need it?

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