David Fuller IV Killed in Crossover Accident on US-259 near Kilgore, TX
Kilgore, TX -- April 26, 2022, 19-year-old David Fuller IV was killed and 40-year-old William Glasco was injured in a crash on U.S. Highway 259 in Gregg County.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 9:30 a.m. on US-259 near Danville Road, roughly a mile and a half north of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Fuller was driving a Ford Mustang north on the highway when he crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. After entering the oncoming lane the car collided with Glasco's southbound Mack dump truck.
Fuller was pronounced dead at the scene. Glasco was transported to a Longview hospital in stable condition.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on David Fuller IV Accident on US-259 near Kilgore
Reports suggest the victim may have triggered this wreck by crossing left of center. Some may think there's not much else to say if that's the case, but it's important to remember that preliminary reports aren't always 100% correct about what happened in a collision. In a few cases I've even seen situations where they were wholly wrong.
I recently worked on a similar wreck where a victim supposedly crossed the center line and fatally crashed with a big rig. We looked more closely on behalf of the victim's family and learned he was only in the opposite lane to escape the truck, which had crossed over first. It turned out the trucker fell asleep and drifted out of his lane, only to wake up when he hit the rumble strips and swerve sharply back into his lane--and back into the victim's path.
The victim couldn't get out of the way a second time, but he certainly wasn't to blame for the wreck. Police found the vehicles in the truck's lane when they got there, though, and decided the victim must have crossed over. There were no witnesses but the sleepy trucker, who saw no need to correct a report where he was innocent. If we hadn't looked again the wrong person, unable to tell his side of the story, might have taken the blame forever.
I'm not saying the Kilgore wreck happened anything like that. I have no specific reason to doubt reports and I don't want to accuse the truck driver of any wrongdoing. I just know from long experience to take preliminary reports with a grain or two of salt until a more comprehensive look is taken. Even if that shows the victim really did cross over first then there's still the urgent question of why. Some may just blame texting, speeding, or other common factors, but there are many other reasons someone might lose control. Could the car have blown a tire or had a mechanical failure? What about the driver--did he lose control due to a medical issue? Those may not be as common as distracted or careless driving, but they and other possibilities can't be dismissed without proper investigation.
The takeaway here should be that things aren't always as straightforward as they first appear. That's why I often suggest working with independent accident reconstruction experts who can devote the proper time and care to finding all the facts. At the very least, the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt and his loved ones deserve to know every effort was made to find the whole truth.