• September 10, 2019

Gary Organ Killed in Lindsay, OK 18-wheeler Accident

Lindsay, OK -- September 6, 2019, Gary Organ was killed as the result of an accident where his vehicle collided head-on with an 18-wheeler.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials reported that the crash happened at around 12:45 p.m. just outside of town.

According to authorities, 64-year-old Organ, from Wichita Falls, was northbound on State Highway 76. Investigators claim he crossed over the center line, entering the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler. The two vehicles then collided.

As a result of the collision, Organ succumbed to fatal injuries. No other injuries occurred.

Police have yet to release additional details surrounding the crash.

Commentary

Something I address frequently is how important it is to conduct more thorough, independent investigations after a deadly truck wreck. Reading reports like this, some people may wonder why. Shouldn't it be pretty clear what happened if the victim crossed the center line? Well, every crash has its share of challenges. What's more important, however, is that I've litigated cases in the past where police actually got the facts wrong in their reports.

I litigated a case not too long ago where the initial reports looked a lot like this. Police said that a car crossed the center line and hit an 18-wheeler head-on, killing the car's driver. The family brought us on to look into things further, and we have an experienced independent accident reconstructionist look into the evidence. As it turned out, the evidence showed a different, more concerning set of circumstances.

The facts showed that the 18-wheeler actually crossed the center line first. To avoid hitting it, the car veered to the left, but the 18-wheeler driver swerved back into their original lane. That's where the vehicles ultimately ended up. Our investigations revealed that the officer based their report on the final position of the vehicles and a statement from the sole surviving witness, the truck driver. Thanks to the secondary investigations, the family not only learned the truth, they got an opportunity to confront the trucking company for the actions of their driver.

To be perfectly clear, I see no specific reason to doubt these initial reports. There are times where police have evidence to support their claims, and a secondary investigation might confirm that's the case here. That said, a man lost his life here. I can think of few situations more deserving of a thorough investigation. Whether that backs up police reports or reveals new information, the family deserves to know they're getting the full story.

--Grossman Law Offices

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