Austin Vantine Killed in Van/Truck Accident on US-50 in Jackson County, MO
Jackson County, MO — August 30, 2022, 27-year-old Austin Vantine was killed in a crash between a truck and a van on U.S. Highway 50 in Jackson County.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 8:00 a.m. on US-50 at Alley Jackson Road. Preliminary investigation suggests 20-year-old Brady Fox was turning a Ford F-550 truck left onto Alley Jackson from westbound US-50. Vantine allegedly approached the turning truck from behind in a Ford Transit van and crashed into the back of it.
Vantine was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Austin Vantine Accident in Jackson County
People have a tendency to think of rear-end crashes like this one as self-explanatory. The way the news depicts the situation--someone overtaking and crashing into a truck on the road--lends itself to thinking that the wreck, however tragic, was primarily the victim's fault.
I'm not saying I know differently, but at the same time it's far too early to point any fingers. It's vital that investigators look at all the possible contributing factors: Road conditions, sightlines, any defects or malfunctions in the van, exactly what both drivers were doing prior to impact, and many other details have to be considered to get a complete picture.
Unfortunately I've learned over the years that police don't always bother to use that fine-toothed a comb in pursuit of all the facts. They find a plausible explanation and unless something unusual happens that's what they go with--end of story, close the books, on to the next one. That can make serious problems for victims and families as they look for answers and help, which is why I often recommend having independent experts look again. Click below to learn more.