• October 31, 2022

Gregory Potter Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on US-63 near Macon, MO

Macon, MO — October 28, 2022, 76-year-old Gregory Potter died when his minivan collided with a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 63 near Macon.

Authorities say the incident happened Friday afternoon along US-63, roughly three miles south of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Porter was traveling north on the highway when he may have lost control and traveled over the center line. After entering the oncoming lane his minivan crashed into the driver's side of a southbound Kenworth semi-truck.

Potter suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. The truck driver, 33-year-old William Black, was unhurt. Both drivers were reportedly wearing seat belts.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Gregory Potter Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on US-63 near Macon, MO

Commentary on Gregory Potter Accident near Macon

I have no specific reason to doubt that things happened as the news (vaguely) conveys them, but at the same time I know to take most preliminary reports--including those about crossover accidents--with a grain or two of salt. They can often be more complex than how they're portrayed, and unfortunately those complexities are sometimes missed or misunderstood by police. Could there be more to this story?

Here's an example of what I mean: Not long ago a family asked us to look into a wreck after police said their loved one crossed the center line and hit an 18-wheeler. Our investigators looked again, however, and found evidence that police got things wrong. It turned out the 18-wheeler actually crossed over first when the truck driver fell asleep. The victim swerved left to avoid it but his honking horn woke up the trucker, who then mirrored the evasion while trying to get back in his lane. The two then collided head-on in the truck's lane.

The officer in charge of that investigation was simply inexperienced, ill-equipped, and too trusting of the only version of the story he got on the scene--that of the surviving driver, who saw no need to set the record straight. If investigators have the right tools and training those pitfalls can be avoided, and victims and families can get the full and true story. Will those steps be taken in Missouri?

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