Las Vegas, Nevada — The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified Zachary Tyrus Richard as the pedestrian fatally struck by a commercial fuel truck on Interstate 15, just south of Lake Mead Boulevard.
At 11:46 a.m. on Sunday, a pedestrian was in the far right travel lane for unknown reasons when a fuel truck traveling northbound on I-15 struck the person, now known as Zachary Tyrus Richard.
Richard was pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
Thoughts on Truck That Stuck and Killed a Pedestrian
This incident is unsettling. We have little detail to go by to help us conclude what transpired on the dreadful morning of the collision. Why was the truck driver unable to avoid striking Mr. Richard? Was he distracted? Speeding? Or is the reason something out of his control? Once these questions are answered, we can know how much fault the truck driver has and if his employer also has fault. If they do, they need to be held accountable for their negligent actions.
Trained professionals must investigate this accident to determine what caused this fatality. An investigation will look at the truck driver’s actions right before the accident happened and will be able to tell if this accident was preventable. Trained professionals will also dig deep into the trucking company the driver worked for and examine its hiring practices and safe driving protocols in place. If the company lacks proper safety training for their drivers and hires drivers with repeated traffic violations, they may also be partially responsible for this incident.
Large trucks kill hundreds of pedestrians and nonoccupants yearly (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Truck operators and trucking companies are responsible for ensuring this number doesn’t keep rising. I hope all the facts continue to come out and the victim’s family receives justice.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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