• May 09, 2017

Enoch Scott Killed, Kenneth Porter Injured in Pine Bluff, AR, Accident

Pine Bluff, AR -- May 8, 2017, Enoch Scott Jr. was killed and Kenneth Porter was injured due to an accident where their vehicle crashed off-road.

The Arkansas State Police released preliminary details surrounding the single-vehicle accident, which they say happened just before 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Willow Street.

According to initial investigations, 51-year-old Porter was driving a 2002 Toyota westbound along 17th with 58-year-old Scott riding as a passenger. For reasons which are unclear, the vehicle lost control and veered off the roadway. As a result, it crashed into a tree.

The collision inflicted fatal injuries to Scott. It's unclear if he was pronounced dead at the scene or later on. Porter was transported to UAMS in Little Rock with unspecified injuries.

Police have yet to determine what caused the accident. No further information is available.

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Commentary

The odd thing about this accident is you usually see details like this happening in the late night/early morning hours of the night. That being said, this is more or less during rush hour times, and there are plenty of accident in those hours. The issue here is that investigations haven't cleared up what caused the accident, so I wouldn't be surprised to see some people jumping to conclusions and blaming the driver.

It's very common after single-vehicle accidents for people to assume the accident was driver-error. The typical thought is that it was caused by texting, speeding, or drunk driving. It's true that these are common causes of single-vehicle accidents, but it's completely unfair to assume someone did this without any evidence to prove it.

Tire blowouts, mechanical failures, dangerous debris in the road, even other drivers cutting someone off cane cause a vehicle to suddenly lose control. These factors often leave drivers with little to no warning, and it's easy to see how in these cases it'd be difficult to avoid an accident.

The problem is that many of these factors are very subtle, so they don't often come up in police investigations. During this period where we don't know all the facts, people begin filling in the blanks with their own assumptions, spreading misinformation and unverifiable conclusions. This only serves to further harm those affected by the accidents and helps no one.

The key after any accident is to ensure it is looked at closely by a professional independent of the police. Someone with experience dealing with car accidents knows any and all possible factors which can cause a car to lose control, so each factor is considered and either ruled out or confirmed through tangible evidence. Doing this helps ensure that victims and their families can move forward toward a resolution with the full story instead of baseless assumptions and incomplete fact patterns.

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