• June 02, 2022

Wilbur “Brock” Wheeler Killed in Truck Accident on AR-90 in Randolph County

Randolph County, AR — June 1, 2022, 37-year-old Wilbur "Brock" Wheeler was killed in a crash with a commercial truck on State Highway 90 in Randolph County.

Reports say the incident happened around 8:00 a.m. on AR-90. Preliminary investigation suggests Wheeler was driving a Ford Taurus west on the highway when he entered a leftward curve. Nearby a Mack commercial truck was headed east around the same curve.

According to reports Wheeler crossed over the road's center line and collided with the Mack truck in the eastbound lane. He suffered fatal injuries in the crash; no other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Wilbur Wheeler Accident on AR-90 in Randolph County

Authorities believe the victim crossed left of center, but it's important to remember that preliminary reports aren't always 100% right. I've even seen a few cases where police at the scene were completely wrong about what happened.

I recently worked on a similar wreck in which a victim supposedly crossed the center line and crashed with an 18-wheeler. 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 on-course--once again in the victim's path.

Because police found both vehicles in the truck's lane when they got there, they said the victim crossed over. There were no witnesses but the sleepy trucker, who didn't want to change a narrative where he wasn't to blame. If we hadn't looked again--more carefully than authorities did--the wrong person might have taken the blame forever.

Wilbur "Brock" Wheeler Killed in Truck Accident on AR-90 in Randolph County

That situation was pretty unusual and I'm not saying anything like that happened in Arkansas. The point is more that things aren't always as clear-cut as they first appear. Unfortunately police don't always look carefully enough to learn that, especially if they've decided on a story.

To be sure the whole truth is found I often suggest working with independent accident reconstruction experts rather than waiting for or entirely trusting police reports. The victim at least deserves the benefit of the doubt while things are still coming into focus.

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