08/07/17 Three Fatal Crashes Friday Two Saturday
State Police investigated three fatal car crashed on Friday. According to state police, 71 year old Willie Brown of Searcy died in a one car crash shortly after noon on Friday when his 1994 Chevy, eastbound on highway 64, left the road and struck a tree. He died at the scene His death was the 290 traffic fatality of the year.
In Faulkner County Friday night, 29 year old Sarah Mae Moore of Conway was killed when her 1997 Jeep struck the rear-end of a 2002 Toyota driven by 40 year old Nohelia Douangchanh of Russellville. Both vehicles were westbound on I-40, at mile marker 125. After the impact, Moore's vehicle went off I-40 to the right and struck a tree. Moore died at the scene, Douangchanh was taken to Baptist Hospital at Conway for treatment. The weather was clear, roadway dry the time of the crash at 10:39 Friday night. Corporal Greg Bray of the State Police investigated. It was Arkansas' 292 highway fatality of the year.
Friday night in Benton County, 45 year old Heather Ann Byars of Rogers died as she tried to cross both north bound lanes of traffic on I-49. According to a preliminary state police report, Byars exited her car, crossed both lanes of northbound traffic and was struck by an unknown vehicle. Byars was pronounced dead at a Springdale hospital. Weather conditions were clear, roadway dry at the time of the crash at 9:48 Friday night. State Trooper Randall Schwab investigated. It was Arkansas' 293 traffic fatality of the year.
State Police investigated a pair of fatalities on Saturday. 75 year old Don Dye of Judsonia died in a motorcycle crash on highway 87 in Independence County. The report states that Dye's 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was northbound on highway 87 and left the road, Dye fell from the motorcycle and struck a fence. He died at the scene. Weather conditions were clear, roadway dry at the time of the crash at 11:19 Saturday night. Corporal Michael R. Woodward of the State Police investigated. It was Arkansas' 294 traffic fatality of the year.
An 82 year old Hot Springs man was killed in a one vehicle crash in Hot Springs on Saturday. A 2013 Nissan Altima, driven by Bobby Lea of Hot Springs was traveling westbound through the parking lot at Zaxby's on Central Avenue in Hot Springs and struck the wall of the building. Lea later died at a Hot Springs hospital. The Hot Springs Police Department investigated. Lea's death was Arkansas' 295 traffic fatality of the year.