Dorothy Tucker Killed, Patricia Dunlap Injured in Truck Accident in Calloway County, KY
Calloway County, KY -- March 15, 2023, Dorothy Tucker was killed and Patricia Dunlap was injured due to an accident involving a truck.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 10:00 a.m. along Highway 121. It appears that Dorothy Tucker and Patricia Dunlap were in a Toyota Camry going southbound on the highway. The driver of an oncoming box truck claimed the Camry came into their lane, and the vehicles collided.
Due to the collision, Tucker sustained fatal injuries. Dunlap had to be flown to a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. No further information is available at this time.
To be clear, I don't have more information than anyone else in the public at this time. That would require more thorough investigations. But there's a factor in a lot of serious truck wrecks like this that people don't often consider: Where do police get the information they give to local media? So soon after a deadly truck wreck, it's rare that all the facts will be clear unless a department just so happens to have an incredibly skilled, experienced, well-equipped accident reconstruction division. As such, the initial details are usually just an officer's immediate impressions at the scene and statements from witnesses and drivers.
In situations like this one, then, it's important to consider the possibility that we're only seeing one side of the story. The truck driver says the victims' car crossed the center line. I have absolutely no reason to think that isn't true. But one of the victims died and isn't around to tell their side of the story. The other victims was so seriously hurt they were flown to another state. What are the odds authorities were able to speak to that person before they were taken to the hospital? Probably not that good.
For my own part, and I know from experience that many people would agree with this, I wouldn't want to hear about the death of a loved one only to find out police weren't being thorough. Whatever happened here, it's important to let the evidence speak for itself. Right now, I definitely can't say with any confidence that we're seeing the whole picture.