07/03/17  Latest Traffic Fatalities Bring Latest Total To 239


According to state police records, so far this year 239 people have died in motor vehicle crashes. On June 26, Monday, 65 year old Vernon L. Short of Little Rock died in White County in the collision of two trucks. According to a State Police report, a 2005 Peterbilt truck driven by 51 year old Joey R. Self of Piedmont, Missouri was parked on the northbound shoulder of U.S. Highway 67. An international truck driven by Vernon L. Short of Little Rock also northbound, left the road and struck the rear of the flatbed trailer of Self's truck. Short and Self were taken to the White County Medical Center in Searcy where Short died. Weather conditions were clear, roadway dry at the time of the crash at 7:18pm Monday night. State Trooper Andrew A. Lay investigated. Short's death was Arkansas' 237 traffic fatality.

Traffic fatality number 238 was recorded on Friday in Carroll County on U.S. Highway 62 at the Kings river bridge. The accident occurred when a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer, driven by 29 year old Jessica Marie Koory of Golden, Missouri, was westbound on highway 62 negotiating a right curve just before the Kings River bridge. Koory lost control of the vehicle and went into the westbound ditch, overturning and ejecting Koory from the vehicle. She died at the scene. It was raining at the time of the crash at 9:30 Friday morning. State Trooper Ronnie L. Boyd investigated.

The 239th traffic fatality of the year was recorded in Sebastian County on U.S

Highway 71 at Brooken Hill Drive in Ft. Smith.

According to a preliminary state police report..63 year old Janet Kessler died of

injuries suffered in a crash involving three vehicles. Kessler's 2014 Chevrolet

Cruze..eastbound on Brooken Hill Drive was hit broadside by a southbound

2006 Toyta Tacoma..the light changed and the driver of the Tacoma attempted

to stop..but not in time and struck Kessler's vechile on the drivers side..Kessler's

car then spun into a light pole and then collided with a a north bound 2015

Hyundai Sonota..who was stopped in the northbound turning lane of U.S. 71.

The drivers of the other vehicles not available in the report.

The injured were taken to a Ft. Smith hospital..where Kessler died of her

injuries. Weather conditions were clear..the roadway dry at the time of the

crash at 11:14 Thursday morning. Ft. Smith PD investigated.