• July 18, 2017

Joshua Wilkerson Killed in Baxter County, AR, Pedestrian Accident

Baxter County, AR -- July 16, 2017, Joshua Wilkerson was killed in , as the result of an accident in which he was struck by a vehicle on the highway.

The Arkansas State Police indicated that the fatal incident took place at around 11:17 p.m. along US Highway 62/412 on the east end of Gassville.

According to their preliminary accident summary, 34-year-old Wilkerson was walking along the highway when he reportedly attempted to cross traffic lanes. As he did so, he crossed paths with an oncoming Chevrolet. The driver did not see Wilkerson in time, and a collision occurred.

The report indicates that Wilkerson succumbed to his injuries at the scene. No additional injuries were reported.

Police have not mentioned any particular factors contributing to the accident. Additional details are not currently available.

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Commentary

With an accident like this, everything is going to come down to timing. A lot of people think that a pedestrian crossing the highway is always at fault for an accident like this, but a prudent investigator is going to consider the driver's actions as well. I've seen many accidents where a pedestrian was crossing a highway or an intersection in plain view where any reasonable driver would have had time to see them and avoid them. I'm not saying that the driver had enough time in this instance, but it's important to remember that when someone is hurt or killed in an accident, there should be no effort spared in trying to find out the full story.

--Grossman Law Offices

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