52-year-old Erin Tabor killed in 18-wheeler crash


We’ve all been there. We’re behind the wheel of our family vehicle or personal car on the way to visit someone or run an errand. Things are moving along well on the road, and we should be at our destination in no time. 

Then a humongous truck appears in the next lane, and we grip the wheel a little bit tighter. Does the truck driver see us? The idea of speeding up or slowing down in order to put more distance in between your car and the truck seems tempting, because you don’t want to drive parallel to such a large vehicle for too long. 

In some cases though, that option isn’t available. It wasn’t a choice for 52 year-old Erin J. Tabor, who was behind the wheel of his 2005 red Ford Focus in the late afternoon hours on December 12. 

Tabor was headed southbound on Highway 165 when he approached an intersection with Lauderdale Woodyard Road. 

He was turning left onto Lauderdale Woodyard Road when an 18-wheel truck smashed into his Ford Focus. The truck was heading north on Highway 165 at the time of the accident. 

The impact of the collision killed Tabor instantly, as verified by the Oberlin Police Department.

The driver of the truck was another 52 year-old man named Timothy E. Meyer. After the truck hit the Ford Focus, it veered off the side of the road into a ditch. Fortunately for Meyer, he reportedly came away with no major injuries.

Details regarding which car had the right of way, or what ancillary factors may have contributed to the accident are not available at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.

The Johnson Firm is saddened to hear about Tabor’s death, and expresses its condolences to his friends and family. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, please call us at (337) 433-1414.

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