• January 03, 2023

Richard Bradwell Killed in Truck Accident on I-287 in Rye, NY

Rye, NY — December 27, 2022, 65-year-old Richard Bradwell died after being hit by an 18-wheeler on the side of Interstate 287 in Rye.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday on eastbound I-287. Preliminary investigation suggests Bradwell was outside of his box truck adding coolant to its engine when an eastbound tractor-trailer allegedly left the roadway for unknown reasons and hit him and the box truck on the shoulder.

Bradwell was critically injured and died at a Connecticut hospital a short time later. A passenger in the box truck and the 18-wheeler driver were taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.


Some may feel that even the few clear details in preliminary reports are enough to say who's to blame; if one truck left the road and hit the other on the shoulder, what more is there to know?

It could be that things are essentially as simple as a momentary but costly driver mistake, but in many cases there's more to it than a once-over from law enforcement recognizes. Contributing factors like road conditions, malfunctions or defects in the 18-wheeler, light levels and visibility, other traffic in the area, and many other variables still need investigation--both to learn the whole story and to ensure none of them might be used later to deflect attention away from the wreck's real cause.

I don't know more than reports convey, and it's not my goal to complicate things or point fingers. I just strongly feel that when a man loses his life in a potentially-avoidable accident, it's important to find out exactly how and why that occurred. The people who lost a loved one deserve no less.

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