Report: View Obstruction, Jaywalking Contributed To Fatal Crash

Investigators have determined that a leaf pick-up truck and a high school student walking to school in Sheboygan never saw each other before the 18-year-old student was struck and killed.

According to this report published Tuesday in the Sheboygan Press, a leaf vacuum attached to the truck partially blocked the truck driver’s view and was considered a major contributing factor in the crash. Investigators also cited the fact the teen crossed the street diagonally from the cross walk along with the teen wearing ear buds and a hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head at the time of impact all as contributing factors.

The crash, which occurred just before 9 a.m. November 29, took place at North Sixth Street, between New York and Wisconsin Aves. and directly in front of Tower Academy. City worker Gary Niemann was driving the truck at the time of the crashed and had estimated he was driving between 20 – 25 mph.

An article in the sheboyganpress.com said city officials have begun reviewing alternatives for leaf collection after learning of the findings of this report. It also stated the view obstruction is a violation of current Wisconsin law.

If you or your loved one has suffered a similar tragedy, you may want to discuss your situation with a qualified Sheboygan personal injury lawyer. Call today for an initial consultation.

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