• June 17, 2022

Bates Coy McCutchen Killed, 1 Injured in Box Truck Accident in Florence County, SC

Florence County, SC -- June 16, 2022, Bates Coy McCutchen was killed due to an accident where a truck and two motorcycles crashed.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 3:35 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 378 and Park Avenue.

According to initial reports, 21-year-old Bates Coy McCutchen was on a motorcycle traveling westbound on Highway 378. At Park Avenue, McCutchen and another motorcyclist somehow collided with a box truck that had been northbound on Park Avenue.

Due to the collision, McCutchen sustained fatal injuries. The other rider, unidentified at this time, sustained unspecified injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Bates Coy McCutchen Truck Accident in Florence County

I just want to be clear up front that I don't have any information about this tragic event beyond what's already in the news. That said, certain details stand out to me as possible signs that someone needs to be held responsible for this. The most recent images of this particular intersection I can find show that Park Avenue has a stop sign while US 378 has the right-of-way. Could that mean that the truck involved here failed to yield? Even if that is what happened here, folks need to understand the potential challenges that can arise simply due to the victims being on motorcycles.

Bates Coy McCutchen Killed, 1 Injured in Box Truck Accident in Florence County, SC

There exists an all too pervasive bias where folks just assume that motorcyclists are all reckless drivers. As a result, even authorities can jump to conclusions or fall vulnerable to baseless blame-shifting. That's how one gets situations like one I handled a while back in which a police report put 100% blame on a motorcyclist for hitting a semi. When we spoke to witnesses and reconstructed the scene, however, it was abundantly clear that the truck cut off the motorcyclist from a parking lot. But it took our independent investigations to set the record straight.

Maybe authorities are being more thorough here, but I learned long ago it's best not to wait around to find out. The sooner victims and families have experienced independent investigators looking into things, the sooner they can work to get the answers they deserve. What I'm reading here likely makes this incident far from the exception.

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