Tyler Hayes Killed in Collision with 18-Wheeler on I-430 in Little Rock, AR
Little Rock, AR — October 29, 2022, 23-year-old Tyler Hayes died in a collision with a semi-truck on Interstate 430 in Pulaski County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:10 p.m. on I-430 North at mile marker 6. Preliminary investigation suggests Hayes was driving a Nissan Sentra south in the northbound lane of the highway, against traffic, when he collided head-on with a northbound Peterbilt semi-truck at mile marker 6.
Hayes was killed in the collision. The truck driver, 60-year-old Bernard Terry, suffered unspecified injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Tyler Hayes Accident in Little Rock
Folks may see reports say the victim was traveling the wrong way on the road and think that the accident, while clearly tragic, may be largely of his own making. However, it's important not to jump to any conclusions before a full investigation is completed and all the facts are in.
While it's true that driver mistakes like speeding or distraction often account for someone driving the wrong way, there might be more to the story. Hard-to-see road markings, blind curves, medical emergencies, vehicular failures or defects...each of those and other potential factors must be considered while assembling a complete picture of what happened.
I know some of those aren't particularly common causes for accidents like this, but that doesn't mean they can be written off without due attention. Consider the GM ignition switch fiasco of a few years ago: How many people were unfairly blamed for their crashes before investigators found out about the defective part shutting off their vehicles' power?
All I'm saying is that the best thing to do is investigate carefully and thoroughly and be sure the whole story is known. The victim's loved ones deserve to know no stone was left unturned. Will that care be taken by law enforcement, or could independent investigators fill in more blanks?