• August 26, 2022

Man Killed in Rollover Wreck Involving 18-Wheeler on US-52 in Stokes County, NC

Stokes County, NC — August 25, 2022, a 50-year-old man was fatally hit in a secondary truck accident after a solo crash on US-52 in Stokes County.

Reports say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. along northbound US-52 near Perch Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving north when it traveled off the road for unknown reasons and overturned. The driver was ejected during the crash and was outside the Jeep in the roadway when a tandem-trailer 18-wheeler approached and hit the Jeep, which in turn hit the injured man. After the impact the big rig hit a nearby guardrail and its rearmost trailer overturned.

The Jeep driver died at the scene. No other injuries were reported and no charges are expected.

No further information is currently available.

Man Killed in Rollover Wreck Involving 18-Wheleer on US-52 in Stokes County, NC

Commentary on Jeep/Truck Accident on US-52 in Stokes County

Altogether this seems like a pretty complex accident to investigate. There are still a lot of lingering questions: Why did the Jeep leave the road and overturn? Did the driver survive his ejection? Where exactly was the Jeep in relation to the road, and why did the big rig hit it? Could or should the truck driver have avoided both the Jeep and the injured man? What was visibility like in the area? Lighting? Sightlines? Was the truck driver awake, alert, and paying attention to the road?

I'm not asking those questions to complicate things or accuse the trucker of misconduct. I'm only concerned because long experience has shown me that police will sometimes settle on a narrative they like and then refuse to budge, even if more information found through further investigation could have changed things drastically. Law enforcement sometimes overlooks or omits information that doesn't fit their conclusion, which obviously is problematic if victims and families seek answers and help further down the road. Click below to learn more about the shortcomings of some police investigations.

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