• September 01, 2022

Steven Shelley, 17yo Passenger Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Rt 69 in Carmel, ME

Carmel, ME — August 29, 2022, 23-year-old Steven Shelley and his teen passenger died in a single-vehicle accident on Route 69 in Carmel.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 9:20 p.m. on the 800 block of Route 69. Preliminary investigation suggests Shelley was driving a sedan southeast, possibly at high speeds, when he lost control. The car crossed left of center and ran off the roadway, then crashed into several trees.

Shelley and his 17-year-old passenger were fatally injured in the accident.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Steven Shelley, Kadin Brown Killed in Car Accident on Rt 69 in Carmel, ME

Commentary on Steven Shelley Accident on Rt 69 in Carmel

One of the biggest hurdles I encounter is the assumption that single-vehicle accidents are easily explained and can be blamed without reservation on the driver. Reports say the driver "lost control" and folks will often take that to mean he did something wrong, even though there are many ways that could have happened that would be out of his hands.

Is operator error a common cause of similar accidents? Sure. However, there's often a great deal more to the story that should be accounted for rather than quickly pointing fingers. Whether they're as common or not, many other potential factors must be considered. Unfortunately authorities also jump to conclusions sometimes and overlook those less-likely issues in their hurry to find a "bad guy," so it's important to know what a more comprehensive investigation--one that respects the complexity of the accident--might involve. Click below to learn more.

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