Ryant Torenzo Vitron Furtick, Child Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Warren County, GA
Warren County, GA -- December 25, 2022, Ryant Vitron Furtick and a child were killed due to an accident involving a semi-truck.
Details given in the news indicate the incident happened at around 1:30 p.m. along eastbound I-20. According to those details, a tractor-trailer stopped along the emergency lane near mile marker 163 due to mechanical issues. While there, a Dodge Charger somehow hit the back of the truck.
In that vehicle were 24-year-old Ryant Torenzo Vitron Furtick and a 3-year-old. Both sustained fatal injuries. No other details about the crash have been given at this time. Investigations are ongoing, but it's unclear who exactly is handling those investigations. Folks may be content to simply leave everything up to police, but I can't help being concerned whether or not the family affected by all this is going to get the answers they deserve.
Frankly, these reports don't say very much. Folks are quick to just blame a driver who hits the back of another vehicle. I can't say what did or didn't happen here, but I can think of all kinds of relevant details that aren't clear right now.
Was the truck illegally parked? Was the truck fully on the shoulder, or was it protruding into traffic? Was it properly marked by cones or flares? How fast was the victims' vehicle going? Did authorities look at the airbags and seatbelts to ensure they worked properly? Did the trailer's underride bar function as good as could have given the circumstances? Were there witnesses on the scene to speak with police? Who is telling the victims' side of the story?