• June 07, 2017

Amber Fitzgerald, Bonnie Sowles, Hannah Cullen Killed in Boone Twp., IN, Accident

Boone Township, IN -- June 6, 2017, Amber Fitzgerald, Bonnie Sowles, and Hannah Cullen were killed in , in an accident where their vehicle and a truck crashed.

Porter County Sheriff's Deputies were called out to the scene of the accident at around 4:15 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 8 and South 250 West.

Preliminary accident investigations indicate that 45-year-old Fitzgerald was driving a Mercury Mountaineer along Highway 8. In that vehicle were 68-year-old Sowles, 7-year-old Cullen, and a 15-year-old. Police claim that their vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic in an attempt to avoid a line of traffic. As a result, it crashed head-on with a dump truck.

As a result of the collision, Fitzgerald, Sowles, and Cullen all died at the scene. The teenager was transported to a local hospital via helicopter. Officials say the truck driver was not injured.

Police say that the accident is under investigation.

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Police seem to be confident in their account of what happened, but I'd just like to remind people that police reports have been mistaken in the past. Our firm has been assisting victims and their families for nearly 30 years now, and I can't even count how many police reports we've come across with missing or mistaken information. For this reason, I've always advocated that anyone affected by an accident--especially one as complex as a commercial vehicle accident--needs to look into conducting a private investigation.

I don't want any of this to sound like I'm insulting the police or saying they're bad at their jobs. In most cases, they do the best job they can. Quite frankly, most departments just don't have the manpower or the resources and tools necessary to examining these accidents thoroughly. There are many factors in these accidents which are incredibly subtle and difficult to detect if the investigator isn't experienced enough to consider or they don't have the equipment needed to do so.

This is why seeking out an experienced private investigator allows victims and their families to ally themselves with someone who has all of this. In doing so, no factor--regardless of how unlikely or subtle it may be--can be extensively considered. Through tangible evidence, any and all possible factors can be either confirmed or ruled out accordingly. With this information, those affected will have the information they need to work toward a resolution.

Now I'm not saying that the reports on this accident in particular are mistaken. In fact, a secondary investigation might simply confirm what the police have already said. But think of a private investigation in the same way someone may get a second opinion from a doctor. When most people receive serious news from a doctor, they don't just accept it automatically. It's entirely reasonable to seek out another professional to either confirm or dispute what has been told to them. This isn't a slight at the first doctor, but rather acknowledging that mistakes can happen and that a subject matter so serious deserves nothing less than thoroughness. I can't imagine anything more serious than the loss of a loved one, and therefore I think taking steps to ensure investigations are accurate after a crash is beyond justified.

--Grossman Law Offices


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