• January 18, 2023

Linda Rudicill Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX -- January 17, 2023, Linda Rudicill was killed due to an accident where a semi-truck crashed into her vehicle.

Authorities said that the accident happened at around 9:17 p.m. along Folsom Road at Amarillo Boulevard.

Preliminary details said that 68-year-old Linda Rudicill was in a Toyota Rav4 traveling northbound on Folsom. At Amarillo, the vehicle was struck by a semi-truck traveling eastbound.

Due to the collision, Rudicill succumbed to fatal injuries. The truck driver was not said to be injured. Right now, factors surrounding the crash are still under investigation. As those investigations continue, it's important to take all information with a grain of salt until all the evidence is available. Even in situations which seem clear, there can be complex circumstances that simple news reports won't be able to adequately explain.

Linda Rudicill Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Amarillo, TX

Let me give an example. I've seen some statements about this crash say that the victim failed to yield at a stop sign. I have no particular reason to doubt that claim. But if it turned out either that the victim didn't fail to yield or that extenuating circumstances she couldn't necessary control led to that failure to yield, it certainly wouldn't be the first time.

Not that long ago, I was looking into a crash where police said a man ran a stop sign, and a truck hit and killed him. While that would have been case closed for less experienced individuals, I knew the importance of further investigations by experienced accident reconstructionists. Sure enough, those efforts revealed something quite shocking.

It turned out TxDOT had been working on the intersection in that particular crash, removing the stop signs when they did so. But when they left for the day, they forgot to put the signs back. So tell me: how does someone run a stop sign that wasn't there? How many people smugly blamed that man for his tragic death when it turned out he did nothing wrong?

To be clear, I can't say if anything like that did or didn't happen here. My point is that there are many situations where people are just looking for someone to blame, and that can blind them to vital information that more cautious and prudent minds would catch. For a family who lost their loved one, what sounds better: People jumping to conclusions just because they seem common, or letting the evidence speak for itself?


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