Live Oak County Sheriff Larry Busby said the 1:16 a.m. accident (about five miles west of GW) began before the 2002 Chevrolet pickup Aaron Kameron Adkins was driving even reached the portion of damaged roadway along FM 3336 that initially had been identified as the cause of the accident.
“The condition of the road didn’t really seem to be a factor,” the sheriff said. “The crash scene was 500 feet long. The driver was ejected about 30 yards — which is close to 90 feet — from where the vehicle ended up. The vehicle rolled five or six times. But it was concluded that speed was the main contributing factor. He just ran off the road and overcorrected.”
Adkins was pronounced dead at the scene, reports show. He was alone in his vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Adkins, 25, of Lancaster, Ohio, had been living in nearby George West working at a ranch but was not employed at the specific time of the accident, according to reports.
Sheriff Busby said the majority of one-vehicle rollover wrecks in these situations can be attributed to aggressive overcorrecting.
“When somebody runs off the road to whatever side, they jerk it automatically to get back on the pavement,” he explained. “When the tires hit the pavement, it shoots the vehicle across the road. When you jerk the wheel back a second time in response, centrifugal force is what rolls you over. It’s better to stay off the pavement for a few seconds to try to slow down — better to try to do that in a bar ditch than to get back on the highway.”
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