• August 16, 2022

Dakota Coleman Killed in Trigg County, KY Car Accident on New Hope Road

Trigg County, KY — August 14, 2022, 19-year-old Dakota Coleman was killed in a single-vehicle accident on New Hope Road in Trigg County.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 4:00 p.m. Sunday on New Hope at Meador Cemetery Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Coleman was driving in the area when her vehicle went out of control and crashed.

Coleman was reportedly ejected during the accident and suffered fatal injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Dakota Coleman Killed in Trigg County, KY Car Accident on New Hope Road

Commentary on Dakota Coleman Accident in Trigg County

After a single-vehicle crash like this I'm often concerned that people will be much too quick to jump to conclusions--including many that blame the victim for speeding, getting distracted by a phone, or otherwise not committing all her efforts to driving carefully.

Is it possible she made a mistake that caused the crash? Certainly, but it's also crucial not to decide that prematurely. That's true even if police reports say otherwise; those preliminary findings are really just officers' best guesses about what happened and shouldn't be taken as gospel truth. It's important to evaluate every possible contributing factor, including things that slip under the radar much too often like vehicle malfunctions or defects.

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