07/03/17 Kidwell Obit
Funeral services for 76 year old John Howe Kidwell Sr. of Warren were held yesterday in Warren. He served from 1962 until 1997 in the State Police.
He retired as a Captain of Troop F in Warren. He served two terms as Bradley County Sheriff. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1961. He passed away last Thursday at his home.
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.