• May 31, 2022

David Singletary Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Hwy 49 in Stone County, MS

Stone County, MS — May 27, 2022, 55-year-old David Singletary was killed when a car hit a parked 18-wheeler off Highway 49 in Stone County.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:50 p.m. on Highway 49. Preliminary investigation suggests 33-year-old Jacob Anderson was northbound in a passenger vehicle when he lost control for unknown reasons.

The car left the road onto the right shoulder where it crashed into the back of a stopped tractor-trailer. After the initial impact a second vehicle carrying four people crashed into the scene.

Singletary, a passenger in Anderson's car, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on David Singletary Accident on Hwy 49 in Stone County

Many folks believe that a stopped or parked vehicle can't really be responsible if a moving one hits it, particularly from behind. That's not actually true. It's clearly important to learn why the victim lost control and hit the parked truck, but it's also necessary to find out more about why the big rig was there at all.

Federal law is pretty specific about when and why a commercial truck can stop in or near the road. According to the law a truck driver should only pull over for emergencies like disabling vehicular failures or major medical issues. Moreover, once they stop they must to put out cones or reflective triangles at 50-foot intervals behind the truck to warn approaching motorists--even if they're out of the regular flow of traffic.

David Singletary Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Hwy 49 in Stone County, MS

I don't know exactly how things happened on Highway 49, nor am I saying the trucker did anything wrong. A few sentences in the news aren't enough to say why the truck was on the shoulder or what the driver did after stopping there. Moreover, they don't specify how much of the damage might have been caused by the second car plowing into the initial crash site. I just think that investigators, either police or independent ones, should address many lingering questions in pursuit of the whole truth.

Rather than instantly blaming the driver who hit the big rig, it's crucial to learn every issue that might have affected the crash and/or caused the tragic injuries that followed. To be sure the whole story is found, there should likely be a thorough examination by a skilled accident reconstructionist to learn this wreck's subtler details and whether its damage could have been avoided. At the very least that extra level of scrutiny can help provide more answers to the victim's family, who deserve all the information they can get.

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