DPD Lead Investigator Chad Webb (right) and Sgt. Brian Peckenpaugh (left) analyze and photograph Cameron Sampson's Chevy S10 Silverado, which was found in a 60-foot ditch on the east side of Parr Avenue on Monday afternoon. The accident is still under investigation.
A local resident, who had been reported missing to the Dyer County Sheriff's Department on Sunday, Sept. 2, was discovered to have been the victim of a single-vehicle accident over the Labor Day weekend. The discovery was made around Noon on Monday when a Department of Transportation worker was traveling on Parr Avenue and noticed a vehicle in the ditch on the east side between Mall Boulevard on Highway 51. The DPD was notified and Lead Investigator Chad Webb was dispatched to the scene around 12:17 p.m.
According to Webb, the occupant of the vehicle was Cameron Sampson, 21, of Finley. Sampson had agreed to go dove hunting with some friends around Noon on Saturday, Sept. 1. When he failed to show up for the engagement, family and friends became concerned and began looking for him. Unable to reach him by phone and uncertain of his whereabouts, Sampson was reported missing to the sheriff's department the next morning. According to the sheriff's department report, Sampson was last seen when he dropped off a friend at his home in Newbern around midnight. Cell phone records obtained by the family indicate that Sampson's phone was last active at 4:29 a.m. on Saturday.
"We are still investigating and trying to make a determination as to why the accident occurred," said Webb.
An unidentified woman places flowers at the accident site to honor Cameron Sampson who was killed in a single-vehicle accident over the Labor Day weekend. Sampson had been reported missing to the Dyer County Sheriff's Department on Sunday, Sept. 2.
Webb told the State Gazette that the preliminary indications are that Sampson was heading southbound on Parr Avenue in his black Chevy S10 Silverado when for some unknown reason he crossed over into the northbound lane and veered off Parr Avenue striking a fiberglass light pole on the east side of the road in the process. Sampson's vehicle then entered a 60-foot ditch where it is believed he was killed on impact. Investigators found Sampson in the ditch ejected from his vehicle.
Webb says there is no reason to suspect foul play and stressed that the accident is still under investigation.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Cameron Sampson was traveling southbound on Parr Avenue when for unknown reasons he crossed over the northbound lane and veered off the road, striking a fiberglass light pole and enter this 60-foot ditch. Investigators believe Sampson was killed on impact. He was found in the ditch, ejected from his vehicle.