Kody Roach Killed in Crash with School Bus on Highway 9 in Horry County, SC
Horry County, SC — October 3, 2022, 37-year-old Kody Roach died in a collision with a school bus on State Highway 9 in Horry County.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 6:35 a.m. along Highway 9 East at Cedar Branch Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a school bus was entering the highway from Cedar Branch when it crossed the path of Roach's southbound Chevy pickup. The vehicles collided in the highway's travel lanes.
Roach suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Kody Roach Accident in Horry County
Preliminary reports suggest the school bus driver may have failed to yield here, though obviously the investigation is still ongoing and it's too soon to definitively assign fault. However, if police have their facts straight and the school district's employee was to blame for the tragic damage done, that may mean the accident's aftermath will be rather complicated.
Put simply, government entities are every bit as stubborn as private companies--perhaps even more so--when it comes to taking responsibility for their employees' actions. They are likely to fight tooth and nail against any allegations of wrongdoing, and they also have some specific protections after an accident like this.
It isn't impossible to hold government agencies accountable for their employees' negligence. However, it's best to presume the city won't make it easy should the victim's loved ones try to hold someone responsible for their loss. They'd be best served by gathering as much clear evidence (camera footage, witness statements, forensic crash reconstruction results) as possible to ensure their version of events is considered the truth. That can be a tall order for people just trying to regain their footing, though, which is why I often recommend that they work with independent crash investigators to find the proof they need.