Gavin Reynolds Killed in Rollover Accident in Pine Haven, WY
Pine Haven, WY -- July 21, 2022, Gavin Reynolds was killed after an accident where a vehicle overturned off Liberty Lane.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around midnight off the corner of Liberty Lane and Old Sundance Road.
It appears that 17-year-old Gavin Reynolds was in a vehicle traveling along the road when it somehow went off-road. The vehicle then swerved and over-corrected before leaving the road and overturning.
Reynolds was ejected from vehicle, with authorities alleging he had no seatbelt on. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Gavin Reynolds Rollover Accident in Pine Haven
I just want to stress up front that I don't know anything more about this crash than anyone else. However, I see many similar incidents where folks are far too quick to just assume the driver did something wrong. Maybe that happened, but it's important to let the evidence speak for itself. Even seemingly obvious facts can prove more complicated when under scrutiny.
For example, police claiming the victim didn't have their seatbelt on. That certainly happens, and it could explain someone being ejected. But over 30 years, whenever I see a crash where someone was ejected, police almost always say they didn't have a seatbelt on. But with the number of such crashes, it doesn't align with studies that show most people wear their seatbelts. That means authorities are inevitably overlooking incidents where seatbelts don't lock, break, come unlatched, or even where seat assemblies themselves fail.
Is a defective part likely? Not really, but a proper investigation needs to consider all of these factors. Quite frankly, experience makes me skeptical that authorities ever have the tools and experience to consider such things. That's why getting a grieving family the answers they deserve can require far more thorough independent investigations.