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    so I was on my way to a tow and I happen to see an accident happen (oversize semi load vs minivan) which turned out to be a fatality. it was escorted by (among others) the state patrol. anyway they asked me later to come in and give them a statement of what I saw and all that. I'm just curious why? at least one trooper saw it happen, they have it on the traffic cam. what do they need me for???


    I went in and talked to the sgt, seemed like a nice enough guy but why the grilling? just ask me what you want to know. ohhh kind of a stupid question: would you rather have some one say "I don't know, I didn't see" or have them give an opinion of what they think happend and try and pass it off it as fact. (I did the former)

    thanks all, stay safe

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    Originally posted by towingguy View Post
    so I was on my way to a tow and I happen to see an accident happen (oversize semi load vs minivan) which turned out to be a fatality. it was escorted by (among others) the state patrol. anyway they asked me later to come in and give them a statement of what I saw and all that. I'm just curious why? at least one trooper saw it happen, they have it on the traffic cam. what do they need me for???


    I went in and talked to the sgt, seemed like a nice enough guy but why the grilling? just ask me what you want to know. ohhh kind of a stupid question: would you rather have some one say "I don't know, I didn't see" or have them give an opinion of what they think happend and try and pass it off it as fact. (I did the former)

    thanks all, stay safe
    Hey towing guy, it boils down to another pair of eyes which witnessed the accident. The fact that a commercial vehicle was involved adds another dimension to the wreck as well. That probably accounts for the "grilling". Pretty important that the State Patrol nails down the cause of the accident. Just a perspective from a long way away. Take care.

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    • #3
      You are independent of the State and the involved parties. Since it involves a death they are going to want as much input as possible just like a homcide
      Today's Quote:

      "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."
      Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        +1 on the above, and also because there was a commercial vehicle involved in a fatality wreck, a lawsuit is probably in the future. Just another reason for the Troopers getting all their i's dotted and t's crossed since their report will probably end up being heavily scrutinized.
        "Martyr" - just a fancy word for "crappy fighter"

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        • #5
          Exactly as was already stated above...Law Enforcement was on scene acting as an escort, and due to presumed biased in a civil suit against the State by the deceased's family they want a not involved witness.

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          • #6
            I didn't think of the independent witness angle; that makes sense.

            11Bto5-0: Could you expand on why there would be a lawsuit? the van was clearly at fault (160k lbs dosen't stop on a dime). it wouldn't make sense for the trucking company to sue to have thier truck fixed and time lost and all that.

            I still hear the sound of the crash when I got through that intersection

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            • #7
              You said the accident was clearly the van's fault...I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the fatality occured to the van's occupant, rather than the semi. No matter how clear or cut-and-dry the accident cause may be, somebody may question it, because of the fact that it was a fatality.
              I'm sure you've seen the TV commercials with the somber looking lawyer asking if your loved one has been hurt or killed in a vehicle accident, specifically a commercial vehicle accident. The Troopers investigating the wreck are not only going to ensure the accident is properly documented because of the seriousness of the event, they also surely know that a family member of the deceased may very well call that 1-800 number (metaphorically speaking). A questionable or poorly-conducted investigation could open up the (presumably) in-the-clear truck driver or his company to major litigation.
              "Martyr" - just a fancy word for "crappy fighter"

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              • #8
                the van actually had two people. the names/ages were released yesterday (thurs). the driver is 90 years old and his wife (may she rest in peace) was 85 years old.

                anyway thanks for the answers all, it clears it up quite a bit.

                stay safe

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                • #9
                  There is no fairness or reason to many lawsuits. People sue because they can and many sue because of the deep pockets of governement. Remember the hot cup of coffee in the lap lawsuit years back?

                  Fatality collisions are obviously the most thorough of reports and thus they wanted to make sure to get all witnesses to the collision. Witnesses will have different information sometimes depending on where they were and everything helps. And speaking of lawsuits...... if they dont interview you I guarantee the attorney will make it look like they were hiding something by not taking your statement when it goes to court......attorneys dont care about the truth or fact....just what spin they can sell to a jury.

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