Roger Kuznik Killed in Marion County, FL Truck Accident
Marion County, FL -- November 8, 2019, Roger Kuznik died as the result of an accident in Marion County, FL, where a semi-truck crashed into his vehicle.
Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol reported that the crash happened in the evening hours of Friday in the area of The Vineyard Church of God, located at 13695 N US Highway 441.
According to initial reports from troopers, 81-year-old Roger Kuznik was northbound on the highway and pulled over onto the right shoulder, coming to a stop. Following this, reports say his vehicle then steered left back into northbound lanes. In doing so, a northbound semi-truck hit the van. This pushed the vehicle onto the median where it overturned.
As a result of the collision, Kuznik succumbed to fatal injuries. Police said the truck driver, James Keen, had no injuries.
Right now, additional details surrounding the crash are unavailable.
Reports seem to claim that the victim's vehicle pulled into the path of the 18-wheeler. I have no specific reason to doubt these reports, however I am curious as to where they get their details. Assuming they came from a police report, that source may not be as infallible as some people believe. I've litigated hundreds of truck wrecks over the years, and I've simply lost count of how many reports lacked important information or just got the details wrong.
There are usually two reasons for these inconsistencies. One is that 18-wheeler wrecks are incredibly complex. They leave behind chaotic crash scenes, and sifting through the evidence requires years of experience and state-of-the-art equipment. Quite frankly, not many departments have the funding to provide those resources. Second of all, police reports are usually just an officer's best guess at what happened. They typically ask the survivors what happened and file their reports using that information. Well if one of the people involved dies, who tells their side of the story?
That's why at the very least, I encourage people to have independent investigators look into their crash. They have years of industry experience and modern technology to help ensure nothing slips through the cracks. Could their efforts simply confirm what police already know? Sure, but they could also find important information the police missed. Either way, the victim's loved ones deserve to know they're getting the full story.
--Grossman Law Offices