Single-Vehicle Crash in Aberdeen Claims One Life

A solo vehicle crash in Aberdeen involving a FedEx truck claimed the life of a male driver from Nottingham. The accident happened just after 1 p.m. on Monday, August 23rd. The Hartford County Sheriff’s Office said their investigation indicates that a medical emergency could have caused the accident.

The Hartford County Sheriff deputies responded at the scene of the crash in Aberdeen in the 200 block of Golf Drive after a motor vehicle collision report. When the deputies arrived, they found the crash involved a single vehicle, the FedEx truck. They pronounced the truck driver, 58-year-old Ralph Calvert Ashley, dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation disclosed that the victim was southbound in the 200-block of Golf Drive while delivering packages. For an unknown reason, Ashley fell out of the truck and rolled beneath it. The vehicle kept moving for 36 feet before resting on the grass on the side of the road. The sheriff’s office said it appears the man suffered a medical emergency and fell out of the truck.

Ashley was not wearing a seatbelt when he fell. The investigation into the occurrence is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any information regarding the occurrence should call the Hartford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit on 443-409-3324.

While accidents caused by a medical emergency are rare, they do occur. A medical emergency could be a heart attack, sudden vision loss, diabetic Miletus, or an epileptic attack. If a medical emergency causes an accident, you may be able to get compensation from the driver who suffered the attack.

However, you must prove that such a person was aware of their condition, the possibility of having an attack, and should not have been driving. Doing this alone is tricky, so contact our auto accident lawyers for help today.


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