• November 01, 2022

Scott Sargent Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Quechee Hartland Rd in Hartland, VT

Hartland, VT — October 30, 2022, Scott Sargent died in a single-vehicle accident on Quechee Hartland Road in Hartland.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on Quechee Hartland near Briar Patch Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Sargent was driving on the roadway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The vehicle drifted off the right side of the road and crashed into a tree.

Sargent was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Scott Sargent Killed in Hartland, VT Single-Vehicle Accident

Commentary on Scott Sargent Accident in Hartland

On this blog I have long advocated for independent experts to look again at single-vehicle crashes and make sure no unusual details escaped police notice. I've learned they tend to focus mostly (or exclusively) on the most common potential causes for a wreck like this--particularly driver mistakes, like falling asleep or texting instead of watching the road.

In many cases their theories are eventually confirmed, as operator errors are far and away the most common cause of solo wrecks. However, they still can't be taken for granted before all the facts are in. I've seen many instances where police overlooked something out of the ordinary and because of that their reports were (at best) incomplete or (at worst) entirely wrong.

It's important to take a more holistic approach to a crash and consider all its potential contributing factors. If police don't plan to invest the time or care to get the whole story, perhaps someone else should step in to fill in the rest of the blanks. The victim's loved ones deserve no less.

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