08/03/17  First Traffic Death This Month


The first fatality for the month of August occurred yesterday in Mississippi County on highway 18, east of Big Lake. According to State Police, 61 year old Shella Booth of Manila, Arkansas died of injuries suffered in a head-on collision.

The report states that a 2006 Nissan Altima, driven by 31 year old Emily Sanders of Black Oak, Arkansas crossed the center line into the path of the 2015 Jeep Patriot being driven by Booth, striking the Jeep head-on. Booth was transported to a Memphis Hospital where she was pronounced dead by ER staff. There was no information in the report as to Sanders' injuries.

Weather conditions were clear, roadway dry at the time of the crash at 7:09 yesterday morning. State Trooper Caleb Landreth investigated. It was Arkansas' 287, traffic fatality of the year.

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.