• June 22, 2022

Christopher Elliot, Jimmy Lee Rhoades Jr. Killed in Truck Accident in Logan, AR

Logan, AR — June 21, 2022, 35-year-old Christopher Elliot died and 33-year-old Jimmy Lee Rhoades Jr. was injured in a crash on State Highway 10 in rural Logan.

According to reports the incident happened around 6:40 p.m. on Highway 10 at Phillips Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Elliot and Rhoades were in a Jeep headed east on AR-10 when they approached an International tractor-trailer turning left onto Phillips.

Reports say Rhoades, the driver, attempted to pass the turning truck but was unsuccessful. The vehicles crashed in the roadway, after which the Jeep ran down a nearby embankment and stopped at the bottom.

Elliot, the Jeep's passenger, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Rhoades received serious injuries. The truck driver was not reported as injured and complete the turn onto Phillips before stopping.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Christopher Elliot, Jimmy Lee Rhoades Jr. Accident in Logan

Based on what reports say people may regard this matter as essentially closed. The crash, while tragic, seems to have been triggered mostly by the victims trying to pass a turning truck. However, long experience has taught me the importance of looking into other possible contributing factors rather than taking a few sentences in preliminary reports at face value.

Folks may be inclined to chalk this up to an unfortunate bit of reckless driving after seeing reports, but what if something else was involved? Did the truck driver signal their intent to turn? Were their signals and brake lights functional and clearly visible? If the driver did signal, how far up the road from the turn did he activate it? How much warning did the Jeep driver really have that the turn was coming? What is visibility like in that area? What about sightlines? Is the road there hazardous? Does that intersection have a history of similar crashes?

I don't mean to overcomplicate things or point any fingers. I'm only saying that until a more thorough investigation is completed and some loose ends tied up, it's best not to jump to conclusions based on whatever cursory examination police gave this matter at the scene. A man died and another was seriously injured here, and the least they and their loved ones deserve is for their accident to be treated with proper care.

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