Malvern, AR  — A passenger in a car was killed after the driver crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler that was parked at a rest stop in Malvern on Wednesday morning, November 20. Police have identified the victim as Ori Hall, 20 years old, and said that the accident happened at about 8:30 a.m. that morning.

Hall and a woman named Bria Horton were in a Dodge driven by Shanice Briggs that was headed east on I-30. As Briggs took the exit near mile marker 93 for the rest stop area, she failed to control her speed and crashed into the back of a parked 18-wheeler truck.

The collision killed Hall at the scene and both Briggs and Horton were taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. The ASP said that they would be investigating the accident further, but no charges are being filed at the moment.

Scene of the Accident

Commentary:

There was a similar accident to this one that happened last week in the exact same area. I wrote about it on this blog, talking about how the FMCSA regulates the way commercial vehicles and trucks can park on the side of the interstate. Again, the police report was only partially helpful and doesn’t mention where the 18-wheeler was parked when the accident occurred. However, if the other car was truly speeding when it entered the rest area, then that driver will most likely bear some liability. But, as I’ve stated before, it’s easy to assume that a parked vehicle can’t be at fault if someone hits it. Even though it sounds a bit strange, what would we think about someone that parked their car in the middle of the roadway? How about sticking out of a driveway and onto the road? The rules and guidelines are set by the FMCSA for a reason, though I’m not implying that’s what happened here.

 

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