Rensselaer, IN — On October 10, 2018, one person was killed in a hit-and-run accident between a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle just south of Rensselaer.
According to authorities from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred around 1 p.m. The 18 wheeler was traveling west on State Road 16 when its driver ignored a flashing red stop light at the intersection with U.S. Highway 231. Entering the intersection out of turn, the semi crashed into a vehicle on the north-south highway.
The truck driver fled the scene after the accident, which killed the unnamed driver of the other vehicle. The suspect is currently at large and authorities continue to investigate.
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The good news in crashes like is that hit-and-run truck drivers are almost always found eventually. Aside from being too large to ditch or hide easily, modern technology makes it easier to track down where a commercial vehicle was and at what time of day. Authorities will track down that hit-and-run driver, and then we’ll see how hard he or she tries to weasel out of the responsibility for the crash.
Based on the pictures of the accident scene, there’s no plausible way the driver could argue they didn’t see the vehicle they hit, which makes me wonder why they chose to flee. It could be that they simply panicked, but far more likely is that they have something to hide. After all, while there are rare times that drivers just blithely blow through red lights, it’s more common for them to be “off their game” in the forms of distraction, intoxication, or fatigue (or some combination of the three).
Drivers who run think that if they can just “sleep it off” they can make a more compelling argument that they just panicked after making a mistake. In the numerous fatal hit-and-run truck accident cases that our firm has litigated, we’ve been able to use receipts, cell phone data, or even drug tests after the crash to prove that there was something wrong with the driver at the time of the wreck. It is seldom a momentary regrettable choice that leads to crashes like these, but rather a series of negligent behaviors that build up until a terrible, explosive moment.