07/24/17  State Wide Traffic Fatalities Continue To Mount


A Little Rock man died in Crittenden County early Friday morning while walking down I-55. According to State Police, 36 year old Joshua A. Williams  of Little Rock died when struck by an 18 wheeler. The report indicates a 2018  Freightliner was headed north on I-55. Williams was walking southbound in the northbound lanes when he was struck and killed. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by Crittenden County Coroner William Wolfe. Weather conditions were clear, the roadway dry at the time of the crash at 3:08 Friday morning. State Trooper Steven Payton investigated. It was Arkansas' 263 traffic fatality of the year.

Two more people died on Friday and Saturday in motor vehicle crashes in Arkansas.

Friday in Poinsett County, 44 year old Virginia M. Church of Harrisburg was killed and four minor children in the vehicle were injured. According to A State Police report, Church's 2002 Saturn SL2 was traveling southbound on highway 163, left the road to the right, overcorrected, entering the roadway sideways, leaving the road to the left and striking a tree head-on. Church died as the result of injuries in the crash, four children ranging in age from two to twelve were injured and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Weather conditions were clear..the roadway dry at the time of the crash at 3:50 Friday afternoon. State Trooper Zach Paschal investigated.

On Saturday night a Bradford, Arkansas teenager was killed and two others in her vehicle were injured when their vehicle collided with an 18 wheeler. 18 year old Donna Marie Poole died as the result of injuries she suffered in the collision between her 2007 Chevy Impala and a 2015 Peterbilt truck. The report states that Poole's vehicle was headed west on highway 124, pulled into the intersection of 124 and highway 305 from 124 east, and was struck by the truck. Two passengers in Poole's car, 26 year old Elizabeth Tucker of Bradford and a minor child were injured. Weather conditions were clear, roadway dry at the time of the crash at 9:25  Saturday night in White County. Corporal Tony Bowman of the State Police investigated. The deaths were Arkansas 264 and 265,  traffic fatalities of the year. .