In a case that began with a mystery, it was eventually determined that a logging truck’s tailswing (when making a right turn) killed a woman driving nearby. The mystery: the vehicle driven by the decedent (plaintiff) was discovered in a median section of US Route 29 near Lynchburg. A pine log approximately 8 feet long was partially through the windshield of the vehicle, with the reminder on the outside of the vehicle. It was believed to have broken off of a larger log.
The Virginia State Police determined that there were no witnesses to explain how the log came to be in the vehicle. The Police investigation of the vehicle resulted in a determination that a turning logging truck was the source of the log, and that the log had apparently fallen from the truck. They were not able to identify the truck at that time. [Read more…]