• May 23, 2017

Michael Looney Killed, Demarcus Pegue Injured in Texarkana, AR, Accident

Texarkana, AR -- May 21, 2017, Michael Looney was killed and Demarcus Pegue was injured following an accident where their vehicles crashed head-on.

Troopers from the Arkansas State Police reported on the fatal incident. They say that it occurred at approximately 4:48 p.m. just east of the intersection of East 9th Street and North Rondo Road.

Preliminary details released by police indicate that 19-year-old Pegue was traveling westbound on 9th Street in a Ford F-150. For reasons which are not yet clear, the pickup reportedly crossed over into oncoming traffic, nearly hitting another vehicle before going off-road. The pickup came back into traffic where it collided head-on with a Chevy Tahoe driven by 52-year-old Looney.

As a result of the collision, Looney died after suffering critical injuries. Pegue was taken to Wadley Hospital before eventually being transported to UAMS for further treatment. His exact condition was not given.

Police have yet to determine what factors may have caused the accident. Their investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

This is a very peculiar accident. There aren't many things that can cause a vehicle to lose this much control during favorable weather in daylight hours. A lot of people are probably going to assume that Mr. Pegue was to blame for this accident. This could very well be true, since common factors for a vehicle losing control tend to be driver error. That being said, it's still to early to say this is the case, and frankly there's no real way to be sure the police reports are accurate to begin with. Ultimately, there needs to be a thorough, independent investigation into this tragic incident.

I don't want to make it seem like I'm putting down police in anyway, but the reality of accident investigations is that police departments are rarely equipped with the expertise or resources necessary to properly investigate such a serious accident. It's one thing to investigate a rear-end accident at a stop sign or a drunk driver in the opposite lanes of the interstate. It's another thing entirely to determine exactly why a vehicle suddenly lost control. Sometimes the contributing factors are simple, but often times the evidence crucial to determining liability are subtle and easily overlooked.

By getting a private investigator to look at the accident, those affected by the accident can help ensure that they're getting the full story and not an incomplete or inaccurate accident summary. Private investigators are professionals who have years of experience investigating accidents of all kinds, meaning they know any and all factors which could contribute to the accident. Through this wealth of knowledge and cutting-edge accident reconstruction technology, they can uncover all of the necessary facts relating to the accident.

Now maybe further investigations unveil new evidence, maybe they correct previously mistaken details, or perhaps they simply confirm what police have already said. An important part of independent investigations is giving victims and their families a chance at getting justice for their pains, but of equal or even greater significance is simply the closure of knowing the truth of what happened. Even that bit of closure can be a welcome relief during a time of hardship.

--Grossman Law Offices

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