George Breshears Killed, Jackie Garrett Injured in Accident on US-70 in Lonsdale, AR
Lonsdale, AR -- January 27, 2022, 51-year-old George Breshears was killed and 56-year-old Jackie Garrett was injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 70 in Lonsdale.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:45 p.m. on US-70 at State Highway 128. Preliminary investigation suggests Garrett was driving a Toyota vehicle east on the highway and entered the turn lane for AR-128, then stopped for the light. Nearby Breshears' Chevrolet vehicle reportedly failed to yield at the light, pulling into the path of an approaching Peterbilt tractor-trailer. The truck then hit the Chevy and pushed it into the nearby Toyota.
Breshears was pronounced dead at the scene. Garrett was transported to a Hot Springs hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on George Breshears, Jackie Garrett Accident on US-70 in Lonsdale
With a situation like this it's more important than ever to remind folks not to jump to conclusions. There's just not enough information yet, even with what police have released in their early reports. They say the victim failed to yield at a light, and I have no specific reason to doubt that. However, I have seen similar reports overlook something important or simply get the facts completely wrong. Making sure there are more thorough independent investigations is crucial for getting the victim's family the answers they deserve.
Here's another example: There was a crash out in West Texas a while back in which a man reportedly ran a stop sign and a truck t-boned his vehicle, killing him. That was about all the information anyone had for some time. Weeks down the line, I brought up the crash to a friend of the firm that did accident reconstruction in that area. He filled me in on details that somehow never made it to the public.
Apparently, TxDOT was doing construction on the intersection where the crash happened earlier the same day. They removed the stop signs while working but forgot to put them back when they left for the day. As a result, at the time of the crash there weren't any stop signs. How exactly could the victim have run a stop sign that wasn't there?
Clearly the situation in Lonsdale isn't identical to that. For one thing the intersection is controlled by lights, not signs. My point is more that less-obvious details uncovered only through careful and thorough investigation may completely change what looks on the surface like an open-and-shut case of simple recklessness. That's the kind of thing one expects to see after 30 years dealing with serious truck wrecks. Maybe nothing out of the ordinary happened here, but it's best to let the evidence say whether there's more to this story.