• September 30, 2022

Justin Hicks Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Shaw Road in Lyman, MS

Lyman, MS — September 29, 2022, 43-year-old Justin Hicks died when his motorcycle collided with a log truck on Shaw Road in Harrison County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:15 p.m. along Shaw Road at Morgan Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests Hicks was riding north on Shaw when he somehow collided with a log truck that was turning onto Morgan Lane.

Hicks suffered fatal injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Justin Hicks Accident in Lyman

Preliminary reports only say that a motorcycle and a turning log truck crashed at an intersection, but so soon after the tragic collision investigators don't have many insights into specifically how and why that happened. It seems to me there are quite a few questions that still need answering in pursuit of the whole story.

Here's a few that come to mind: Were the motorcycle and the log truck headed the same way or in opposite directions? If the bike was behind the log truck, did the truck driver slow gradually when approaching the turn or suddenly when they were close? If the truck was traveling south before turning, did it or its trailer block the northbound lane while it turned? Did the driver use their turn signal? If so, how far away from the turn did they activate it? Was the signal lamp clean and clearly visible? How fast was the motorcycle traveling? Were both vehicles' operators awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings?

That may seem like a lot, but a thorough investigation that addresses all the potential contributing factors is always the most prudent step after an accident. Not only do the victim's loved ones deserve every answer they can get, but having clear facts and supporting evidence would likely be necessary if investigators found there was cause to hold someone accountable. Will police take the time and care needed to get the whole story, or would independent experts stand a better chance of filling in the blanks?

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