David Harris Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on Pineville Expy in Alexandria, LA
Alexandria, LA — August 7, 2022, 70-year-old David Harris died in a wrong-way crash with a commercial bucket truck on the Pineville Expressway in Alexandria.
Authorities say the incident happened Sunday morning along the expressway near Jones Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Harris was driving a pickup truck north in the southbound lane, against traffic, when he collided head-on with the bucket truck.
Harris was fatally injured in the crash. The bucket truck driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on David Harris Accident in Alexandria
News reports suggest the fatally-injured driver in this accident was traveling the wrong way for unknown reasons. Some may feel that makes this situation pretty open-and-shut and that the wrong-way driver is to blame, but I often caution against jumping to any premature conclusions. What if there's more to the story?
For all anyone can say at this point the driver ended up in the wrong lane due to circumstances beyond his control: Poorly-marked roadways, major vehicle failures or defects, tire blowouts, wet or hazardous road surfaces, or any number of other issues might have sent the pickup out of control. If so, clearly it wouldn't be right or fair to blame the victim.
Am I saying it's impossible he just made a mistake somehow? Of course not; further investigation could clear up that an error on his part led to traveling the wrong way. However, he deserves the benefit of the doubt like anyone else and his loved ones deserve any answers they can get about what happened.
That's why I hope police will be careful and thorough when investigating this crash. If they plan to stick with their gut instincts after a once-over at the scene, maybe independent investigators should take another look to be sure all the facts are found.