• March 20, 2019

Gantry Miller Killed Killed in Polk County, IA, 18-wheeler Accident

Polk County, IA -- March 19, 2019, Gantry Miller was killed due to an accident where he was struck by an 18-wheeler on the interstate.

Investigators say the accident happened at around 9:45 a.m. near the I-80 and US 65 interchange outside Altoona.

In their preliminary reports, authorities said that 44-year-old Miller was driving along the eastbound lanes of the interstate when, for reasons unclear, he stopped on the shoulder. After getting out of his car, an 18-wheeler struck him.

Miller succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene of the accident. The 18-wheeler driver remained at the scene and currently does not face charges or citations.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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Commentary

In all likelihood, the key detail here will be where exactly the victim was in relation to the roadway. If he stepped into the lane of travel directly in the path of the 18-wheeler, the truck driver may not have been able to avoid hitting him. However, if the victim was standing on the shoulder, the 18-wheeler would have to have drifted out of its lane to strike him. In that case, it would likely mean the truck driver did something wrong.

A lot of people will be quick to think police are going to get to the bottom of this, and perhaps that's true. But having litigated hundreds of truck accidents, I've seen countless police reports which either left out important details or simply got the facts wrong. Given the tragic nature of this incident, it's best that a private investigator looks into this so the victim's loved ones get the answers they deserve.

--Grossman Law Offices

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