04/10/17  Weekend Crashes Bring Highway Death Toll To 127


State police investigated the 127 traffic fatality of the year on Saturday night in Pulaski County on I-30 eastbound at 6th Street in Little Rock. According to police, 36 year old Roger D. Turner of Benton was killed when his 2012 Suzuki motorcycle, eastbound on I-30 went out of  control and collided with a light pole on a concrete dividing barrier. Turner died at the scene. Weather conditions were clear, the roadway dry at the time of the crash at 7:03 Saturday night. State Trooper Daniel Farias investigated.

A 52 year old Sheridan woman was among those to die in traffic accidents on Arkansas roadways late last week. According to a State Police report, Karen Daniels of Sheridan died when her 2005 Hyundai, headed east on U.S. Highway 270 in Grant County, crossed the center line and struck a westbound tractor-trailer driven by 64 year old Jerry Stratton of Tillar, Arkansas. Daniels was ejected from her vehicle, the truck left the road and overturned. According to the report Stratton did not require treatment. Weather conditions were clear, the roadway dry at the time of the crash Friday morning at 10:05. State Police Corporal Edward G. church investigated.

On Thursday, State Police investigated two highway fatalities. 72 year old Terry J. Rickard of Hot Springs Village died in a one vehicle crash in Garland County at Fox Pass Cutoff. A 2004 Honda Accord driven by Rickard was headed east on Fox Pass Cutoff when he exited the shoulder of the road, striking an embankment and overturning. Rickard died at the scene. The weather was clear and the roadway dry at the time of the accident at 4:31pm Thursday afternoon. State Police Corporal Corey Ray investigated. 

Thursday night in Craighead County..56 year old Keith Spranger Jr. of Jonesboro died when his northbound 2006 Chevy, crossed the center line on Nestle Road, and struck a southbound Semi truck head on. Spranger was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Craighead County Coroner. The driver of the truck was not identified. The weather conditions were clear, roadway dry at the time of the crash at 9:30 Thursday night. The crash was investigated by Jonesboro police.