Justin Turrentine Killed in Dover, PA Truck Accident on Harmony Grove Road
Dover Township, PA — July 25, 2022, 33-year-old Justin Turrentine died in a collision with a dump truck on Harmony Grove Road in Dover.
According to reports the incident happened around noon on the 5700 block of Harmony Grove. Preliminary investigation suggests Turrentine was driving a Ford F-450 pickup south on the roadway when he crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. The Ford then crashed with a northbound Freightliner dump truck.
Turrentine suffered fatal injuries in the crash. A passenger in the Ford and the dump truck driver were taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Justin Turrentine Accident in Dover
Reports say the victim crossed over and triggered the accident, but I often remind people that preliminary findings are sometimes just officers' best guesses based on a once-over at the scene. Their impressions are often right, but I've seen plenty of cases where they missed the mark entirely.
In one recent case they believed a victim crossed the center line and caused a fatal crash with a big rig. We looked again at his family's request and found the truck actually crossed over first when the driver fell asleep. He swerved back when it hit the rumble strips, but that put the truck back on a collision course with the victim's car. Police saw the car in the truck's lane and figured the victim was to blame.
I'm not saying the Dover crash is like that or suggesting that police will drop the ball, but even if they're sure the victim crossed over first there's still the question of why. Some may believe the driver did something wrong, but there are other possibilities. Could the pickup have blown a tire or had a mechanical failure? Was the road wet or in poor condition in that area? Did the driver have some kind of medical emergency? Even less-common possibilities like those can't be dismissed without proper investigation.
Things aren't always as clear-cut as they seem and police sometimes make mistakes or overlook important details. That's why I often suggest that independent experts take a second look to ensure nothing crucial was missed. At the very least, the victim's family deserves to know every effort was made to learn the whole story.