• January 23, 2023

Isaac Petersheim Killed in Truck Accident in Wythe County, VA

Wythe County, VA -- January 19, 2023, Isaac Petersheim was killed after an accident where his semi-truck crashed with another along I-81.

Authorities said that the crash happened just before 1:00 a.m. along northbound lanes of I-81 off the Route 52 intersection.

Preliminary information suggests that 28-year-old Isaac Petersheim was in a truck traveling along the interstate when it somehow crashed with a Volvo tractor-trailer which authorities allege was parked improperly along the shoulder.

Petersheim's vehicle then ran off-road and overturned, resulting in fatal injuries. The other truck driver was not hurt, but they appear to be facing charges for improper stopping on a highway. To be rather frank, I don't see these kinds of charges often.

Isaac Petersheim Killed in Truck Accident in Wythe County, VA

On this blog, I do my best to talk about the dangers of improper stopping of commercial vehicles because even authorities often overlook these issues. I can't even count how many times I pass by a truck along the shoulder without any kind of markings, sometimes even sticking into traffic some, and just fretting about how someone is going to get hurt because a driver couldn't take 30 seconds to put out some cones.

Just to be clear, I can't confirm any allegations here, and I wouldn't dare speculate about what ultimately caused this crash without seeing evidence for myself. But when authorities think there is enough apparent information to charge someone following a deadly truck wreck, and those possible factors don't always get the attention they deserve, it would be irresponsible not to give further attention to those details to make sure the victim's loved ones at least know they're getting the whole story.

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