Keefer Slone Killed in Garbage Truck Accident in Hamilton, OH
UPDATE (November 7, 2023): Recent reports identify the cyclist killed in the accident as 27-year-old Keefer Slone. Authorities mentioned that Slone's had reflective gear equipped at the time of the accident. Right now, there are still no details about potential charges or citations.
Hamilton, OH — November 3, 2023, a bicyclist was fatally injured following a garbage truck accident that happened around 6:00 a.m. along Dixie Highway.
Preliminary details at this time put the collision at the intersection of Bishop Avenue and Dixie Highway. In a series of events not clear right now, the accident happened as a garbage truck was crossing through the intersection. Somehow, the truck and a bicyclist collided, leading to the truck rolling over the cyclist.
Due to the collision, the unidentified bicyclist succumbed to their injuries. There were no other reported injuries, and charges have not been reported at this time. It will be up to continuing investigations to ultimately determine how all this happened and how it could have been avoided. I
n the meantime, I've seen some quotes from a spokesperson of the company that reportedly owns the truck involved here. They're saying they want to help the family of the victim. I sincerely hope that's true, but experience also ensures I'm skeptical of any statements like that from a company involved in an accident.
Don't get me wrong—I've seen plenty of examples of companies who do everything they can to help authorities and do right by victims and families. Maybe this is one such company. But I've also seen plenty of examples of companies who do everything possible to avoid any kind of responsibility. This can be as simple as not talking to authorities or as serious as one example I saw where a company representative went to a victim's hospital room, offered to "help them out" with the medical bills, and had them sign some papers that, unbeknownst to the trusting victim, essentially signed away the victim's rights to pursue accountability through the court system.
Again, I have no specific reason to doubt anyone's intentions here, but I always urge caution when it comes to dealing with commercial interests.