Rodney Bowden Killed by 18-Wheeler on I-40 in Little Rock, AR
Little Rock, AR — August 25, 2022, 55-year-old pedestrian Rodney Bowden was struck and killed by a semi-truck on Interstate 40 in Little Rock.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:45 a.m. on I-40 near mile marker 135. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Bowden was on foot in the area and may have stepped into the interstate's travel lanes when he was fatally hit by the passing Freightliner semi-truck. After the collision the truck pulled off the road.
Bowden was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Rodney Bowden Accident on I-40 in Little Rock
Many folks feel that incidents like this, while tragic, are often due to someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Setting foot on a busy interstate can be pretty risky, but it's still not right to pin all the blame on the victim without considering other possible factors.
Even if a highway is typically dangerous for pedestrians, there may have been extenuating or unusual circumstances involved. That's why it's important to learn all the details: What are sightlines and visibility like in that area? Was the truck driver awake, alert, and watching the road? What about the pedestrian--was he paying attention to his surroundings? If not, why not? Could or should the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid him? Were there any witnesses or traffic camera footage that could shed more light on what happened?
Those questions aren't meant to complicate things or make accusations. Further investigation might show this really boils down to an unfortunately-timed attempt to cross a busy highway. However, it could also reveal other issues that weren't considered at first. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know that careful attention was paid here to bring them answers. If there's anything else to do besides that, knowing so will depend on what those answers turn out to be.