• November 07, 2022

Larry Hailey Killed in Truck Accident on I-64/77 in Kanawha County, WV

Kanawha County, WV — November 1, 2022, 59-year-old Larry Hailey died in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 64/77 in Kanawha County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:50 p.m. along the interstate near mile marker 96. Preliminary investigation suggests Hailey was driving a truck with an attached trailer along the freeway when he tried to exit toward Midland Trail. It's unclear how, but the truck hit a guardrail while exiting. It then overturned on its drivers side and caught fire.

Onlookers pulled Hailey from the vehicle but responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Larry Hailey Killed in Truck Accident on I-64/77 in Kanawha County, WV

Commentary on Larry Hailey Accident in Kanawha County

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 among the most common cause of such wrecks. However, they still can't be taken for granted before all the facts are in. I've seen instances where police overlooked something too subtle or unusual for their typical once-over 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 do that and ensure they 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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