• January 12, 2023

Logan Pendergraft Killed when Pickup Hits Disabled Box Truck on I-80 in Fairfield, CA

UPDATE (January 13, 2023): The victim killed in this accident has been identified as Logan Pendergraft.

Fairfield, CA — January 5, 2023, an 18-year-old Oroville man died when a pickup truck collided with a disabled box truck on Interstate 80 in Fairfield.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:00 a.m. on the westbound interstate near Magazine Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a 27-year-old man was driving a Dodge Ram pickup west on the highway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The truck ran onto the shoulder and crashed into a disabled box truck.

The pickup's teen passenger was fatally injured in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing but police don't believe impairment was a factor.

No further information is currently available.

I don't know more about what happened here than what the news can tell, and I don't want to talk out of turn, but as always I caution against jumping to conclusions. People sometimes see that a moving vehicle hit a stopped one and think there's little else to say, but most accidents are more complicated than a few sentences in the news make them sound.

Is it possible that this incident has a simple explanation? Sure. However, could there be more to the story? Absolutely. For instance, does anyone know if the pickup had any malfunctions or defects? Did it blow a tire on the roadway? Did another vehicle cut the pickup off and make it swerve, then leave the scene? Was the road wet, uneven or otherwise hazardous? Did the driver have a medical emergency and lose control? And why exactly was the box truck on the roadside? If it was disabled, how? How long was it there before the pickup arrived? Did the truck driver put out cones or reflectors?

That's just a handful of the many issues that need careful attention to ensure the whole story is learned. I think most would agree that the sudden and sad end of a young man's life is more than enough cause to find out not only what happened, but exactly how and why. I would imagine his family has no shortage of urgent questions right now, so I hope authorities plan to take the necessary time and care to answer them.

Logan Pendergraft Killed when Pickup Hits Disabled Box Truck on I-80 in Fairfield, CA
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