Surprisingly, when the police respond to one traffic accident, they end up handling more than one crash. This is because when cars are disabled or stopped on the side of the road after an accident, they create a safety risk for other drivers. This was certainly the case in Fouke, Arkansas this week.
A man driving a semi-tractor trailer had pulled over to the side of the road. He was there to help people who had been involved in a minor car accident. He left his truck along the shoulder in order to render aid.
Another driver, 75-year old Santons Rodriguez, was traveling down Highway-71 at the time the truck driver stopped. Rodriguez ended up crashing into the back of the semi-truck. He was doing highway speed at the time of the crash.
Thankfully, the people involved in the initial accident were not further injured when Rodriguez crashed his car. The truck driver also appeared to come out of the accident unscathed. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the 75-year old Fouke man.
When the police arrived at the scene of this second accident, they found that the driver who collided with the semi-truck had succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There has been no statement made by his next of kin as of yet.
There has also been no comment from the man driving the semi-truck. His name has not been provided nor has the name of his company.
The investigation is still ongoing. Depending on the findings of this report, the family of the victim may have a potential claim for damages. It depends on who is determined to have been at fault for the crash.
If your loved one is hurt in a crash in Arkansas, make sure to call our office right away.