• May 12, 2017

Nicholas Koegel Killed, Christie Harrison Injured in Jonesboro, AR, Accident

Jonesboro, AR -- May 8, 2017, Nicholas Koegel was killed and Christie Harrison was injured due to an accident in which their vehicles collided.

Authorities from the Arkansas State Police reported on the fatal incident. They say that it took place at around 3:00 p.m. along North Church Street/Highway 141.

Preliminary investigations indicated that 36-year-old Koegel was driving a Suzuki in the northbound inside traffic lane. 44-year-old Harrison, also northbound, was driving a Kia in the outside lane. Police claim that Koegel's vehicle drifted from the inside lane to the outside lane and collided into the back of Harrison's vehicle.

Following the collision, Koegel suffered fatal injuries. It's unclear when and where exactly he was pronounced deceased by medical officials. Harrison was transported to St. Bernards in unspecified condition.

At this time, the factors surrounding the accident are still unclear. No further details have been released.

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Commentary

The police report certainly seems to imply the Mr. Koegel was at fault for this accident, but it's important to remember two things: state police reports are often incomplete, and they often leave out or misreport crucial details. Whether or not that happened here would require a more thorough, private investigation by an independent professional.

My point is not that police investigators are inept or that people shouldn't trust police reports. The simple reality is that police don't have any obligation to determine why and accident occurred. They usually go through a basic fact pattern and try to determine if any crimes were committed. Outside of that, they often don't have the time, experience, or resources necessary to uncovering details such as brake failure, product defects, or other subtle or rare factors.

Take, for example, when someone is given serious news by a doctor. Often, that person will seek the opinion of another professional for a second diagnosis. This isn't necessarily a slight at the first doctor, but rather a desire for complete thoroughness for a very serious matter. When someone is hurt or killed in an accident, it's important to ensure that each and every possible factor is extensively considered. The simple fact of the matter is that without further investigations from an experienced professional, there's no way to truly be sure what happened here. Clearing up those details can be a welcome relief to those affected by this tragic accident.

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