Christopher Stinespring Killed in Fayette County, OH Truck Accident on US-62
Fayette County, OH — October 5, 2022, 48-year-old Christopher Stinespring died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 62 in Fayette County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:35 p.m. along US-62 near State Route 753. Preliminary investigation suggests a Volvo tractor-trailer was headed southwest on the highway as Stinespring's GMC pickup was traveling northeast nearby. Police believe Stinespring's truck traveled over the center line and hit the left side of the oncoming semi-truck; both vehicles then ran off the roadway.
Stinespring, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was fatally injured in the collision. The big rig's two occupants received minor injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Christopher Stinespring Accident in Fayette County
Reports suggest the victim crossed left of center and triggered this accident, but there's still a lot of investigating to do before anyone can be sure. Officers' first impressions at the scene are often correct, but I've also seen cases where they missed the mark entirely.
I even saw a situation recently where police found a car and a truck wrecked in the truck's lane and immediately blamed the car's driver for crossing left of center. At his family's request we looked again, and our experts found the victim only went left of center to escape the truck--which crossed over first when its driver fell asleep. The trucker woke up to the victim's honking horn and swerved back into his lane, once again directly in the victim's path. Police found the crashed vehicles in the truck's lane and wrongly blamed the victim, and it took a closer look to clear his name.
I'm not saying anything like that happened in Ohio, but even if police are 100% sure who crossed over there's still the question of why. What made him go left of center? Was he distracted by something? Did something unusual happen, like a medical emergency or a vehicle malfunction? Was the road wet or hazardous? Could any other extenuating factors have influenced what happened?
I don't want to overcomplicate things or point fingers. It's just best to keep an open mind as the investigation continues. Things are rarely as straightforward as they first seem, so even after police wrap up I often suggest that independent experts take a second look and make sure nothing vital was missed. At the very least the victim's family deserves to know they have the whole story.