• November 16, 2023

Rikki Scripter Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in White County, IN

White County, IN — November 12, 2023, Rikki Scripter was killed following a semi-truck accident at around 4:15 p.m. along State Route 18.

Details say the crash happened east of Brookston at the intersection of State Route 18 and County Road 300. Right now, there are few reports on the situation, and what I can find has some concerning inaccuracies or inconsistencies, depending on what actually happened here.

The news reports I've seen indicate that 39-year-old Rikki Scripter and one other person were in a vehicle going eastbound on the highway. At County Road 300, a semi-truck may have pulled into their path, resulting in a collision that killed Scripter and injured the passenger in Scripter's vehicle.

Rikki Scripter Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in White County, IN

However, initial reports from news outlets claimed that the woman killed (identified as Scripter) "thought she had the right of way." Now, based on the direction of the vehicles more recent reports described, it seems like she would have had the right of way (assuming more recent statements are accurate and that the images of the intersection I've found online are accurate, as well).

So if the initial statements on Ms. Scripter's crash were wrong, they were really wrong. They outright blamed someone for causing their own death when it seems more likely now that the opposite is true. Why did that happen? Was the news just shoddy in their reporting? Did they misinterpret what authorities told them? Or, did authorities initially get the facts wrong? How certain can we be that the current information is now correct?

I know this may seem like I'm nitpicking, but let me put it into perspective. What we in the public see following a fatal crash is usually only a small piece of the larger picture. But when it comes to deadly truck wrecks, news outlets generally are more thorough in contacting authorities to find out what happened. It's unusual when such a serious collision occurs and no one seems to report on it, and the outlets who do report on it can't even get the story straight.

Mistakes happen, of course, and the best anyone can do is correct them and apologize. But when it comes to a serious truck wreck that takes someone's life, inaccuracies like this need to be taken seriously. What could simply be a mistake on a reporter's part could turn out to be a sign the investigations aren't being handled properly. I just hope that's not what's happening here. If anyone out there knows more that can clear all of this up for me, I'd welcome the input.

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