11/25/16   492 Highway Fatality Following Three Car Crash


An 87 year old Lakeview, Arkansas man became Arkansas' 492 highway fatality of the year on Wednesday following a three car collision in Baxter County. According to a preliminary State Police report, Gerald Lenard of Lakeview died of his injuries following the crash.

The report stated that a 2004 Buick driven by Lenard and a 2014 Ford driven by 28 year old Samantha Nelson of Gassville were both southbound on highway 5, a third vehicle, a 2007 Dodge driven by 62 year old Michael Ayers of Mountain Home was northbound on highway 5.

Nelson attempted to pass Lenard and struck the Ayers vehicle in the northbound lane. Lenard's vehicle veered to the right, traveling off the west side of the road, striking a concrete culvert. Weather conditions were foggy and the roadway wet at the time of the crash at 7:45 Wednesday morning. The crash occurred on highway 5 and county road 13.