Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Read the whole story, people!

Since news broke of a fatal wrong-way crash involving some off-duty New Jersey police officers who hit a tractor-trailer head-on, thousands have turned to social media to weigh in on the tragic wreck that killed two people and injured three others.

It’s unbelievable what you can find in the comments that jump to the conclusion that the trucker was at fault. Yes, some actually thought the trucker going the right way was at fault.

Investigators are still trying to piece together why a Linden, N.J., police officer, Pedro Abad, 27, steered his Honda Civic the wrong way onto the West Shore Expressway in Staten Island, N.Y., on his way home from a gentleman’s club in the early hours of Friday, March 20.

While the mainstream press has written extensively about the four people who were in the car, there has been little mention of the truck driver, who was also injured in the crash. Some news reports didn’t even count the trucker as one of the injuries.

All that is known so far about the truck driver is that the driver is 33 years old and drives for Pennsylvania-based Snavely’s Mill Inc. While investigators are not releasing the truck driver’s name at this time, they say the driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital and later released.

Tragically killed in the crash included one Linden police officer, as well as, a civilian passenger in the car. Two police officers, including the driver of the Honda, were critically injured in the wreck.

Some social media commenters have been inexplicably quick to blame the truck driver, who happened to be going the right direction on the expressway. One comment (now deleted) said the driver should go to jail once released from the hospital. WHAT?

I want to believe one commenter on a news story didn’t read the whole article before posting a comment, alleging the truck driver was to blame for the crash. The comment read, “Why the heck would there be an article about the truck driver? These brave heroic selfless officers, though no fault of their own, are in the hospital. That should be the focal point.”

Several hours prior to the crash, Abad had posted a photo on his Instagram page of three shot glasses filled with “Jack Daniels Fire on the house.” While blood samples from the off-duty police officer have been sent to the lab, his blood alcohol results are not back.

Another commenter on a news story about the fatal crash made reference to the fact that the guys in the Honda Civic are lucky that they “hit a large truck that could withstand a hit and the driver of the truck driver wasn’t injured or killed.”

The trucker in this crash was not at fault, but a fatality crash linked to the Pre-Employment Screening Program report, or PSP, and the psychological damage may haunt this driver forever. Our prayers go out to the driver and hope he/she is not reading the news or insensitive and inaccurate social commentary.