Lowell, AR — March 13, 2019, Robert Ables was killed and Remington Martel was injured as the result of an accident where their vehicle overturned off-road.

The Arkansas State Police reported that the crash happened at around 12:30 a.m. off the corner of Pleasure Hill Road and Carefree Lane.

The report indicates that 55-year-old Ables was driving a Chevy pickup along Pleasure Heights with 28-year-old Martel riding as a passenger. For reasons which aren’t entirely clear, the pickup lost control and ran off the side of the road. There, it overturned.

Ables was ejected in the crash resulting in fatal injuries. EMS transported Martel to a hospital in Rogers with unspecified injuries.

The report states that road conditions were wet at the time. Additional factors surrounding the crash are unavailable at this time.

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Commentary

These preliminary police reports are often problematic as they tend to relay basic facts without answering any questions. This can create serious issues for victims and families who want to know what happened to their loved ones and what may lie ahead for them. Well generally speaking, when it comes to early-morning rollovers, the police will look into a few common factors first. Those factors are usually fatigue, distraction, and intoxication. Looking into these possibilities is crucial for a few reasons. The most important reason is it gets facts into the hands of victims and families, giving them information they deserve to have. Another important reason is that in the event alcohol contributes to a crash, there may be an outside party who contributed to the injuries and deaths resulting from the crash.

Similar to Texas, Arkansas has what’s called Dram Shop Law. It says that if an alcohol provider sells alcohol to a clearly intoxicated customer and that customer’s intoxication harms someone, the injured person or their family may hold that alcohol provider accountable for contributing to the accident. As our laws set out to hold people accountable for putting the community in danger and causing harm to others, Dram Shop is an important tool for victims and families to make sure negligent alcohol providers don’t get away with causing devastating wrecks on our roadways.

To be perfectly clear, I have no clear evidence suggesting alcohol contributed to this crash. While alcohol-related crashes are quite common at this time of the morning, it’s still important that investigators look into less likely possibilities as well. At the end of the day, those affected by this crash deserve to know that all possibilities were considered here. Only by having all the facts can they begin to work toward a resolution.

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