• May 16, 2017

Franklin Guthrie Waters Killed in Accident in Lake Wales, FL

Lake Wales, FL -- A two-vehicle crash in Lake Wales, FL led to the death of 70-year-old Franklin Guthrie Waters Monday, May 15, 2017.

The incident took place on State Route 60 Monday morning.

Based upon the media reports, the semi collided into the vehicle occupied by the victim. Mr. Waters was killed in the incident. The report made no mention of other injuries in the crash.

The official investigation into the incident is currently underway.

The press release provided no further information regarding the crash.

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Commentary

Without a more in-depth, independent investigation there's no way to determine exactly what happened in this accident. According to the report, police say the driver of the truck was unable to avoid the collision. However, after years of litigating truck accidents, I know to take the details in early media reports with a grain of salt. Often, though well-intentioned, police reports are erroneous and incomplete. This is because many police departments are ill-equipped and underfunded, leading to a lack of resources. It's because of this that a more in-depth, precise investigation is so crucial. Without a more thorough, third-party investigation, victims of truck accidents are left to rely on the sparse details of police and media reports.

--Grossman Law Offices

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