Jeremy Boehne, Karen Boehne, Lauren Hahn, Kimberly Siegrist Killed in Truck Accident on I-75 in Shelby County, OH
UPDATE (January 3, 2022): Recent information indicates that the truck driver involved in this accident, 29-year-old Dayren Rocubert, faces five charges of vehicular homicide--four for the adults previously listed as victims and one for an unborn child not mentioned in preliminary reports.
Shelby County, OH — December 24, 2022, Jeremy and Karen Boehne, Lauren Hahn, and Kimberly Siegrist died in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 75 in Shelby County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on I-75 near mile marker 97. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer was northbound on the highway as a GMC Terrain and a Ford pickup were headed south on the other side. The big rig allegedly veered out of its lane and crashed through the median cable barrier, then entered the oncoming lane and collided with the SUV and the pickup.
The GMC's occupants, Lauren Hahn (32) and Kimberly Siegrist (63), and Ford driver Jeremy Boehne (32) were pronounced dead at the scene. Ford passenger Karen Boehne (33) was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. The crossover truck driver received minor injuries.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
UPDATE (January 3, 2022): The news now says the crossover truck driver faces grave charges after the crash that claimed the lives of four adults and a baby. It's still not clear what precisely caused the truck to go off-course and that's just as important as ever to learn, but whatever it is law enforcement felt it merited homicide allegations. However they decided that, my heart aches for the people who lost loved ones on Christmas Eve. Frankly, I still wonder how this terrible incident could have come to pass.
Perhaps the man facing charges just acted unsafely on the road that day and nobody could have seen it coming, but it often turns out such unsafe behaviors aren't truly out of a blue sky. If he was put in that truck despite obvious red flags in his behavior or history then I hope the buck doesn't stop with him after the I-75 accident. There should certainly be consequences for negligently entrusting 40 tons of machine to someone who doesn't treat it with the respect it deserves; as I mentioned before, though, ensuring those consequences happen can be complicated.
ORIGINAL: News reports seem pretty clear that the tractor-trailer crashed through the median and triggered this terrible accident. Obviously the specific reason for that must still be identified in case the wreck was out of the trucker's hands, but most explanations for what happened revolve around them making a serious mistake at the wheel--traveling too fast for bad weather or road conditions, getting distracted, falling asleep, or something similar. Barring something highly unusual being discovered, most may feel the trucker and their employer should be held accountable for the damage done.
Reasonable as that may sound, though, it's important to know that few commercial vehicle accidents are that straightforward. Trucking companies are infamous for denying responsibility and going to great lengths to pin the blame elsewhere after a crash, which is why a thorough investigation and the evidence it uncovers are crucial. At the end of the day four people died in an accident they seemingly had no hand in causing, and ensuring the right people answer for that may take more investigation than a simple police effort can deliver.