• October 17, 2022

Arthur Stephen Killed in Crossover Accident on SH 30 in Burke Township, MN

Burke Township, MN — October 13, 2022, 27-year-old Arthur Stephen died in a collision with a semi-truck on State Highway 30 in Pipestone County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:00 a.m. on Highway 30 near 150th Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Stephen was driving a Toyota Camry when he allegedly crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. After entering the oncoming lane the Camry collided with a semi-truck.

Stephen suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.

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

Commentary on Arthur Stephen Accident in Burke Twp

It's important to keep an open mind and investigate carefully after just about any crash, as it may not be as straightforward as it seems. Even with something like an apparent crossover wreck, steps should be taken to ensure all the facts are truly clear.

For example, I handled a similar accident not long ago in which a victim was thought to have crossed left of center and fatally crashed with a big rig. Our independent experts looked again on the victim's behalf, though, and found police actually made a mistake. The victim wasn't the first to cross over, as the truck driver drifted left of center first. The victim swerved left to avoid it but the truck driver corrected course at the same time back into its lane, causing the vehicles to crash.

I'm not suggesting the same thing happened in Minnesota, only pointing out that authorities aren't always as thorough as folks may think. That can mean important details slip through the cracks, which is never a good thing for victims and families in search of answers. Having experienced independent investigators look into things could be a crucial step in getting what facts and help can be had here.

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