Kenderick Finwick Killed in Blytheville, AR, 18-wheeler Accident
Blytheville, AR -- May 29, 2017, Kenderick Finwick suffered fatal injuries resulting from an accident where his car and an 18-wheeler collided.
Authorities from the Blytheville Police Department released the details surrounding the fatal crash. They say that it took place at around 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Franklin Street and Sycamore Street.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that 28-year-old Finwick was traveling down the roadway when his path and that of an 18-wheeler crossed. Reports say that Finwick's vehicle crashed into the trailer portion of the 18-wheeler.
Emergency services were called out to the scene, but Finwick's injuries proved fatal. The truck driver was reportedly uninjured.
Police did not say what factors contributed to the accident nor if any charges or citations were filed. No additional details have been reported.
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Despite the news updating the details on this accident, there still isn't very much information regarding what happened. I see this sort of thing all the time where accident reports don't give the full story, leaving the readers more or less in the dark. The problem is that this often is indicative that those affected by the accident are getting equally vague reports. Most people assume these reports--and even police reports--are painting the full picture, but the reality is that this is rarely the case, especially with something as complex as a commercial vehicle accident.
To be frank, police reports are rarely satisfactory when it comes to these kinds of accidents. While many officers are good at their jobs and have a lot of experience with these matters, the truth is that most departments simply do not have the time or resources to divert into the kind of thorough investigations these incidents require. Commercial vehicles, especially are very complex machines and can cause a lot of chaos in an accident. With all of those details, it's easy for something crucial to fall through the cracks.
On top of that, police investigations can make mistakes in that they often rely too heavily on witness testimony. I've seen many accidents where the officer simply ask those involved what happened, write it down, and file the report. But how does this help when there's only one survivor? If the only witness testimony is from the person who survived the crash, how can we be sure that person is telling the full story? The answer is we can't.
Again I'm not saying this to slight police or to imply that the reports on this crash are wrong. The fact of the matter is I simply don't know what happened here, and in these scenarios I'm always concerned that the information I'm seeing--or lack thereof--is the same information the victims and their families are seeing. As such, I always advocate that accidents are examined by a private investigator.
An experienced professional independent of the police can help ensure that no detail goes overlooked and no stone is left unturned. Even the most unlikely factors are thoroughly considered before either being ruled out or confirmed through tangible evidence. Nothing speaks louder than cold, hard facts in these cases, so the best approach is to get as many of them as possible and let them do the talking. It could turn out that the police reports were accurate all along. The point here is that people shouldn't have to blindly trust these reports. They have options in getting to the truth of what occurred, and the result of that truth can either lead them to seek justice or simply to seek closure. Whatever the case, those affected by such a tragedy deserve nothing less than the full story.
--Grossman Law Offices