Raymond Troyer Killed in Bicycle, Truck Accident in Holmes County, OH
Holmes County, OH -- December 20, 2022, Raymond Troyer was killed after an accident where a truck hit a bicyclist along the highway.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 11:16 a.m. along Route 93.
It appears that 69-year-old Baltic man Raymond B. Troyer was on a bicycle traveling along the northbound lanes of the roadway. For reasons unclear, a tractor-trailer traveling the same direction struck Troyer.
Due to the collision, Troyer sustained fatal injuries. No further information about the accident is available at this time.
Commentary on Raymond Troyer Bicycle, Truck Accident in Holmes County
My concern with incidents like this is that people are often quick to jump to conclusions. They see a bicyclist on a busy highway and they assume they were doing something wrong. But folks should keep a few possible factors in mind here.
For one, depending on where exactly this collision occurred, this isn't exactly a major interstate. It's a narrow highway that runs through a small but populated town. It's not at all unusual to see cyclists on these roads.
Secondly, this happened during daylight hours, and initial reports at least say both vehicles were going in the same direction. So why wasn't the truck driver able to see and avoid the victim? Are there circumstances authorities failed to mention which the truck driver couldn't reasonably avoid? Or, was something like inattention or speed involved here?
At the end of the day, a man lost his life. Shouldn't that at least warrant some benefit of the doubt until more experienced investigators have had a chance to look into things?