Widow in hit-and-run calls for increased road safety

Doniell Richmond left widowed after hit-and-run

INDIANAPOLIS - A woman who lost her husband in a hit-and-run is calling for change in response to a Call 6 Investigation that exposed dangerous trucks on Indiana highways .

Andy Richmond, 29, died June 25, 2012, while trying to put gas in his truck along Interstate 70 at the north split.

Evidence suggested Richmond, a father of three, and his truck were both on the shoulder and not in the path of traffic when a tractor-trailer drifted over and hit Richmond, killing him.

"He didn't even have a chance," said Doniell Richmond, Andy Richmond's widow. "He was instantly gone."

The truck driver kept going, police said.

"They didn't stop," Richmond said. "They didn't do anything."

Richmond contacted Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney after seeing the investigation into dangerous trucks on Indiana roads, which included a truck driver who ran a red light with an unsecured load.

The Call 6 investigation included an interview with Robin VanDyke, who lost her husband in a crash with a tractor-trailer.

"She just started talking, and it hit me, because everything about how he passed was wrong," Richmond said.

The state has 72 troopers and inspectors dedicated to daily truck inspections, which is approximately one inspector for every 13,000 trucks.

In 2008, the state had 86 troopers and inspectors devoted to the job, but the number has been slashed due to budget constraints.

Richmond wonders if an inspector would have noticed damage to the truck that killed her husband.

"You had to notice you're missing a fender. You had to notice blood on your truck," Richmond said.

Through tears, Richmond said the state, truck drivers and car drivers need to focus on safety.

She believes, based on her husband's injuries, that the truck driver who killed her husband was speeding during rush hour traffic.

"Be cautious," Richmond said. "It's a life changing situation when you can just slow down, or pay attention.  Something in the blink of an eye can cost someone their life."

She wants drivers to stop if they’re ever in an accident, and is hopeful the driver that hit her husband will still come forward.

"I just hope this person isn’t out there, and they know they did it, and they’re not saying something, because it’s wrong," Richmond said. "There's just no way around it. Somebody's life is gone."

Anyone with information about the crash that killed Andy Richmond is asked to call Indiana State Police at 800-453-4756 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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