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Dump Truck Accident
  • rk23 February 27, 2014 - 10:24 pm #100491 Reply

    What are your opinions on this tragic accident that happened the other day in front of Nottingham?
    I think there were a lot of things that went wrong that day. Why was the truck going so fast down such a narrow street? Why did the mother load her child into the car from the street side? What are some things we can do to prevent something like this happening again?

    halj February 28, 2014 - 6:50 am #100492 Reply

    It’s not that narrow of a street. Construction/work vehicles, in particular, are a general problem there – speeding, running stop signs, etc. It’s hard to see where there is any blame for the victim here or anything to change. If the truck was close enough to shear off the sliding door, it was too close to the parked vehicles. I wonder what the driver’s schedule was like that day – too many stops with insufficient time, maybe?

    Captain_Obvious February 28, 2014 - 8:49 am #100495 Reply

    right halj, and from the pics on here, it was clear her minivan was parked within the designated white parking lane. She has 3 kids so that’s why she was on the driver’s side. Anyone with multiple kids knows that you try not to shuffle car seats around in your car.

    Quoth the Raven February 28, 2014 - 9:01 am #100498 Reply

    I don’t care where the damn car seats were or how many kids were or were not in the car. I don’t care if she was standing the middle of the street. If the POS driver of that truck was paying even the slightest attention, he could have avoided her and she’d be alive. But he wasn’t. And now her kids have no mother and her husband no wife. I hope whatever that a$$hole was doing instead of paying attention was worth it.

    halj February 28, 2014 - 9:17 am #100500 Reply

    This is appropriate here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqFkRwdFZ0

    Tom February 28, 2014 - 9:17 am #100501 Reply

    My opinion(s)?

    --I know the term “heartbreaking” is being thrown around a lot these days, but that’s what it is.
    --The truck driver really ought to be charged with something. The negligence is mindblowing.
    --Unless a car in the opposite direction was way over the double-yellow, I see no reason why the driver would have had to come that close to the minivan.
    --It’s a really awful thing to have happened, especially to a young mother and family.

    Arlingtoon February 28, 2014 - 9:18 am #100503 Reply

    IMHO, it’s virtually never the fault of the pedestrian when a moving vehicle hits someone, nor where, as here, a moving vehicle hits someone who was standing next to her minivan. It doesn’t matter whether any portion of her anatomy extended past the stripe indicating a parking space. If you’re driving a vehicle, and see someone on foot ahead of you, whether they’re walking or standing next to their car, then you take whatever steps are necessary to avoid hitting them. You slow down; you swerve out of the way; you come to a complete stop. It’s another thing altogether if a pedestrian suddenly appears in front of you, having emerged from behind a car, and couldn’t be seen in time to be avoided. But if you see someone in front of you then you do whatever it takes to avoid hitting them.

    I have no personal knowledge about what transpired when this accident took place. But I’d be willing to wager a considerable sum that the driver of the truck didn’t see either her minivan or her because he or she was looking elsewhere. Maybe at a smartphone; maybe tuning the radio; maybe eyeing the hottie across the street. I don’t know. But you don’t see someone and then hit them with your vehicle because her foot, or some other part of her, is in the road in front of you. Nor do you hit a parked car if your eyes are on the road in front of you.

    I suppose it’s possible that the driver won’t be charged in this case. But I would think that there would at least be a charge of something involving negligence, because if the driver did see her and hit her anyway, in my view that’s a much more serious matter.

    aldohexose February 28, 2014 - 10:16 am #100511 Reply

    FYI: The family has closed the fundraiser for Jennifer Lawson as the community has been most generous.

    We are closing donations at this time at the request of the Lawson family. They are graciously overwhelmed with the support and generosity of the community. As the organizer, I personally cannot say thank you enough.

    The Lawson family extends a heartfelt thank you to all of you that have contributed to Jennifer’s memorial fund.

    They will be seeking out ways to use this money to benefit the community in Jennifer’s name.

    Rick February 28, 2014 - 8:35 pm #100540 Reply

    I’m curious as to how many of the above posters have traveled this stretch of roadway? The road narrows from a former 4 lane road with curbed median to a two lane road with a double yellow line in about 1000 feet, all while curving to the right in the trajectory of the truck and the direction the minivan was pointed. Not to mention any potholes possibly being dodged, which Little Falls has plenty of. And the possibility of oncoming traffic, like oversized and empty ART buses on the 52 route or a school bus crowding most of the opposite lane. All that in turn increases the sharpness of the turning of the wheel you have to do. I’m not condoning the behavior of the truck driver, I’m not saying he shouldn’t be charged with anything from reckless driving to vehicular manslaughter, but the venom and animosity towards someone who’s grieving about as much as the family is troubling.

    When the driver talks we can all judge his actions. What I’d also like to see is ACPD move their LED message board asking for witnesses from across from 7-Eleven to in front of CVS, there’s a decent chance that those witnesses never go up or down Sycamore, but take Williamsburg in to Falls Church.

    halj February 28, 2014 - 8:49 pm #100541 Reply

    I travel that stretch frequently and am very familiar with work vehicles running stop signs in that area. The potholes are an issue for sure, but still. FWIW, there is an LED sign near the church too so you should be covered.

    rk23 February 28, 2014 - 11:59 pm #100547 Reply

    Halj, I used to drive down that road every day and I remembered that the LED sign that warns of pedestrians had been run over and was snapped in half and on the ground.

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