Teenager Killed, Trucker Charged in Dump Truck Accident on Highway 14 in Eagle Lake, MN
Eagle Lake, MN -- February 15, 2023, a truck driver faces charges following an accident along US 14 which resulted in a teenager's death.
In recent reports from officials, it appears the truck driver faces charges for failing to stop for a stop sign as well as failing to stop at the entrance of a through highway. The incident was said to have occurred on September 12, 2022, along US 14 at Blue Earth County Road 17.
At around 4:43 p.m., authorities were called to the crash where they found a dump truck allegedly driven by Aaron Kisor had been going eastbound when it turned left. Doing so, the truck crossed into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by a 16-year-old. The vehicles then crashed.
The 16-year-old driver died due to the crash. Right now, proceedings on the charges for Kisor are ongoing.
It's been some time since this awful crash occurred, so it's encouraging to see some proof authorities are still working to do what they can for the victim's loved ones. But I still have yet to see a clear answer on why this crash happened. Even if the charges here ultimately lead to convictions, that may only be one step toward solving the problems that led to a kid losing their life.
I've handled hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks in my time, and frankly they are often the result of more than just a driver's actions. Investigators need to take into account things like training, driver history, drugs and alcohol, maintenance records, hours of service, cell phone records, GPS data, overloaded cargo, etc. Without a complete picture, there's a risk that something contributed to the crash that authorities will let slip through the cracks since they have someone facing a court date already. If their priorities aren't to get the family the full story, then what else could there be surrounding this crash that has yet to be addressed?