• June 05, 2017

Christopher Ancell Killed in Holiday Island, AR, Pickup Accident

Holiday Island, AR -- June 5, 2017, Christopher Ancell was fatally injured due to an accident in which his pickup crashed off the highway.

The Arkansas State Troopers were called out to the accident scene at around 1:30 a.m. They say it happened east of Holiday Island along State Highway 23.

The initial police report states that 46-year-old Ancell was driving a 1988 Nissan pickup along the southbound lanes of Highway 23. As he traveled, the pickup somehow lost control and went off the side of the roadway. It traveled through a ditch before crashing into a tree.

The collision inflicted fatal injuries to Ancell, and responding rescue teams pronounced him deceased at the scene. At this time, the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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Commentary

It's tragically common to see these sorts of single-vehicle accidents happen in the early morning hours in these rural areas. One of the issues I often see following these kinds of incidents is that people will automatically assume one of two things: the driver fell asleep at the wheel or the driver was drunk. While it's entirely possible these were factors in this accident, it's important to remind people that without any facts to support their beliefs, these statements are nothing more than baseless conjecture. Only after a thorough investigation is conducted by an independent professional can conclusions be drawn. Otherwise, such irresponsible claims can only serve to further harm those affected by the crash.

Let me give you an example of how this kind of thinking is harmful. Let's say that a car is driving down a highway at night, when suddenly, for whatever reason, their brakes give out. Without brakes, the driver loses control of their vehicle and runs off the road, crashing and ultimately suffering fatal injuries. Now without any witnesses or any obvious reason for the crash to occur, the police report simply states, "Driver lost control and crashed off-road."

With this lack of information, people begin to assume the driver was somehow at fault--drinking, speeding, texting, you name it. Meanwhile, police are overlooking the very rare and hard-to-detect reason behind the crash, the brake failure. If those affected by this accident don't have an independent investigation conducted, then it's entirely possible that factor will never come to light. As such, the only indication of what occurred will be the people who value their own presumptions over cold, hard facts.

Again, this is only an example, but it illustrates how there are sometimes factors which don't make it into police reports that can cause these sorts of crashes. They range from mechanical failures to poor road conditions to animals entering the roadway. Whatever the case, the only way to be confident about what caused the accident is to have the details examined by a professional. Someone who has the experience and tools necessary to detecting even the most subtle factors will ensure that any and all possibilities are thoroughly considered. Whatever the result of such an investigation, the point here is that those affected by such a tragedy deserve to know the full story based on facts. Everyone else can reserve their judgements and focus on what can be done to assist those affected by the crash.

--Grossman Law Offices

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