• October 27, 2022

Kenrod Dabreo, LaKisha Dixon Killed, Tonya Lewis, Donte’ Smith, Deshawn Dixon Injured in Truck Accident in Halifax County, NC

Halifax County, NC -- October 25, 2022, Kenrod Dabreo and LaKisha Dixon were killed and Tonya Lewis, Donte' Smith, and Deshawn Dixon were injured due to a semi-truck accident.

Initial details say that the crash took place at around 9:45 p.m. along I-95 just south of Roanoke Rapids.

Right now, exact circumstances are still under investigation. Officials say that 24-year-old Kenrod Dabreo was driving a Chevy Equinox southbound along the interstate. In Dabreo's vehicle were 45-year-old LaKisha Dixon, 49-year-old Tonya Lewis, 20-year-old Donte' Smith, and 22-year-old Deshawn Dixon.

It appears the Chevy was stationary for unspecified reasons when a tractor-trailer crashed into the back of the Chevy. Due to the collision, Dabreo and LaKisha Dixon were killed. Deshawn Dixon, Smith, and Lewis were all taken to area hospitals, the latter two said to be in serious condition.

No further information about the accident is available at this time.

Commentary on Kenrod Dabreo, LaKisha Dixon, Tonya Lewis, Donte' Smith, Deshawn Dixon Truck Accident in Halifax County

A key factor in a crash like this, simply put, is whether or not the collision was reasonably avoidable. These reports aren't clear on why the victims' vehicle was stationary. For all we know, it may have been disabled without its lights on, or it was just sitting in traffic and the driver was doing nothing wrong. Either way, if a reasonably prudent truck driver could have avoided this, that warrants serious questions into what was different for this driver.

Kenrod Dabreo, LaKisha Dixon Killed, Tonya Lewis, Donte' Smith, Deshawn Dixon Injured in Truck Accident in Halifax County, NC

These details remind me of a serious crash I handled not too long ago. In that situation, a truck hit a car on the highway, killing the driver of the car. The truck driver said it was just too dark to see the vehicle, which had been disabled in the roadway. Thanks to some steps we took, though, court orders compelled the company to give us video footage captured by the truck's dash cam and a camera inside the cabin. When we saw the footage, our jaws hit the floor.

The dash cam video clearly showed the victim's hazard lights visible nearly three quarters of a mile down the road. The truck, however, made no effort to move over or slow down. Why? Video inside the cab revealed the driver was too busy watching shows on his tablet. He looked up at the last second, but it was already too late.

A car stopped on a dark highway may be hazardous, but truck drivers have a responsibility just as other drivers do--in fact, more so--to pay attention, travel at appropriate speeds, and to react to situations reasonably. Maybe that happened here, and there was just no way to avoid this collision. Maybe something preventable which needs to be brought to light kept the driver from avoiding the crash. One way or another, there are families out there who deserve answers, and waiting around for the authorities simply may not be enough to get those answers.

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