• May 04, 2017

Kimber Ross Killed, Arthur Walls, Michael Settlemire, Child Injured in Conway Co., AR, Accident

Conway County, AR -- May 3, 2017, Kimber Ross was killed, Arthur Walls, Michael Settlemire, and a child were injured, following a car accident.

Arkansas State Troopers released preliminary information regarding the fatal incident. They say it took place around 11:30 a.m. along State Highway 95, just outside Morrilton.

State Troopers reported that 29-year-old Ross was driving a GMC SUV northbound along the highway with a 5-year-old female passenger. In opposite lanes was a GMC pickup traveling southbound being driven by 29-year-old Walls. 52-year-old Settlemire was a passenger in the pickup.

According to the police report, Ross's vehicle somehow drifted across the center line into oncoming traffic. This resulted in a head-on collision with Walls's pickup.

Following the accident, Ross eventually succumbed to fatal injuries sustained in the collision. Walls and Settlemire were both transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of unspecified injuries, and the young girl was taken to a children's hospital also in unspecified condition.

Besides wet roadways, no particular factors have been mentioned by police. No further information is currently available.

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Commentary

I don't want to imply here that I have some sort of unreported information or that the police reports about this accident are wrong in any way. What I will say, however, is that it's worth having a private investigation conducted for this accident. There's simply too much loss and damage in the accident to rely solely on a cursory police report, and it's worth looking into further.

Over the years, our firm has represented many cases where the police report ended up being incomplete or downright mistaken. And this isn't necessarily the officer's fault. Quite simply, police don't have any obligation to look further into an accident than a basic fact pattern. Their responsibility is to determine if any crimes were committed. Short of that, there's not much they're required to do. And even if they wanted to, many police departments just don't have the resources or experience necessary to catch things like sub-par safety features, mechanical failures, or other such subtle details.

For this reason, I've always advocated the use of 3rd party, private investigators. These are people with years of experience in the industry who know all of the factors that can contribute to any given accident. This means each factor--however unlikely it may be--is thoroughly considered and either ruled out or confirmed. This approach can uncover new information police initially missed, or it could simply confirm what is already known. The point here is that when a loved one is hurt or killed in an accident, there can't be any room for doubt.

Like I said, I don't know anything about this particular accident. What I'm saying is that without an experienced professional looking at the details, no one really does. Think of it this way: when someone receives serious news from a doctor, do they just accept it and work with that? No, they usually seek out a specialist and get a second opinion. It's not a slight at the previous doctor, but rather the need to know with certainty what they're dealing with. Knowing that information, they can make an informed decision about what steps to take next.

In the same way, car accidents should also be approached with the same thoroughness. Even if the only thing further investigations bring is closure, even that bit of resolution can be a welcome relief during a time of hardship.

--Grossman Law Offices

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