Easton woman killed in crash with oil truck

A 22-year-old Easton woman was killed early Friday when her car collided with an oil truck. The accident occurred around 1 a.m. on Route 138. The young woman, who is the daughter of an Easton patrolman, had been attending classes at Massasoit Community College with the hopes of following in footsteps of her father’s and brother, who is also a police officer in the area.

Officials say the car accident occurred just one mile from the young woman’s home. Many people from the area visited the site of the accident to pay respect to the young woman, who worked as a hostess at an area eatery. At this point, police are still trying to determine what caused the tragic accident, which left the woman trapped inside of the crushed vehicle.

The woman was first taken to the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton and was then transferred to Brigham and Women’s in Boston, where she died.

As we often discuss, fatal car accidents involving young people are far too common in the state of Massachusetts and the rest of the country. Sometimes the accidents are caused by inattentiveness or inexperience on behalf of the young drivers, but in some cases other drivers are at fault. The investigation will no doubt determine what caused the young woman’s vehicle to collide with the oil truck.

If negligence on behalf of the truck driver played a role, the family of the young woman might have a wrongful death claim against the driver and his employer. Of course, a lawsuit could never take away the pain of losing a loved one — especially at a young age — but it can help support the family during this difficult time as they focus on recovery.

Source: Enterprise News, “Easton crash victim remembered as ‘a friend to everyone’,” Erin Shannon, March 23, 2013