• September 07, 2022

Raleigh Hamilton Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-95 in Dillon County, SC

Dillon County, SC — September 4, 2022, 61-year-old Raleigh Hamilton died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Dillon County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. along I-95 near mile marker 88. Preliminary investigation suggests Hamilton was driving a Porsche SUV south on the interstate when he allegedly failed to reduce speed and overtook an 18-wheeler, then crashed into the back of it.

Hamilton suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Raleigh Hamilton Accident in Dillon County

Many folks believe someone who rear-ends another vehicle is automatically at fault, but that's not actually true. The context of a crash can make all the difference, which is why it's always important to investigate carefully. Details like both vehicles' speeds, if they were both in good repair, what the drivers were doing at the time, the victim's health, if the big rig braked or switched lanes suddenly ahead of the SUV, if the road was wet or hazardous, and the weather at the time, among many others, might wholly change how the crash is perceived.

Reports don't have much to say about any of that, however, which means there's still a lot of work to be done before anyone can safely draw conclusions. Folks may read about someone rear-ending a truck and think "case closed," but without a full investigation no one can be sure exactly what happened. At the very least the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt and his family should know that every effort was made to find the truth. Any steps beyond that would depend on what is learned.

Raleigh Hamilton Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-95 in Dillon County, SC
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