• June 06, 2022

Mark Hunt Jr. Killed in Truck Accident on Highway 11 in Pickens County, SC

Pickens County, SC — June 3, 2022, 41-year-old Mark Hunt Jr. was killed in a collision with a dump truck on Highway 11 in Pickens County.

According to reports the incident happened just before 3:30 p.mm. on Highway 11. Preliminary investigation suggests Hunt was driving a mail truck south on the roadway as a dump truck was headed north in the same area. Hunt was reportedly driving too fast for conditions and crossed left of center, hitting the dump truck. After the impact the mail truck left the road and crashed into a ditch.

Hunt suffered fatal injuries in the accident. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Mark Hunt Jr. Accident in Pickens County

Early reports suggest the victim may have been speeding and crossed over. I have no particular reason to doubt that, but at the same time it's important to investigate thoroughly and account for other possibilities as well. Many cases involve unusual circumstances.

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 that victim's family and learned he was trying to escape the truck, which crossed over first when the trucker fell asleep. He hit the rumble strips, woke up, and swerved sharply back on-course--once again in the victim's path.

Mark Hunt Jr. Killed in Truck Accident on Highway 11 in Pickens County, SC

Because police found both vehicles in the truck's lane when they got there, they said the victim crossed over. The trucker didn't feel the need to set the record straight, so if not for our second look the wrong person might have taken the blame forever.

I'm not saying anything like that happened in South Carolina. The point is 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 already drawn conclusions.

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

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