Fort Smith woman dies in car crash


Two peo­ple have died in sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents on Arkansas roads.

A 63-year-old Fort Smith woman was killed Fri­day in a three-ve­hi­cle crash on U.S. 71, au­thor­i­ties said.

It hap­pened about 11:15 a.m. when a Toy­ota Ta­coma that was south­bound on the high­way “at­tempted to stop” for a red light at Brooken Hill Drive in Fort Smith, ac­cord­ing to an Arkansas State Po­lice re­port.

The Ta­coma struck an east­bound Chevro­let Cruze that was mov­ing through the in­ter­sec­tion, po­lice said. The col­li­sion pro­pelled the Cruze into a util­ity pole and then into a stopped Hyundai Sonata, the re­port said. The driver of the Cruze, Janet Kessler, suf­fered fa­tal in­juries. No one else was listed on the re­port as be­ing hurt, and the re­port didn’t name the Ta­coma’s driver.

A 30-year-old Arkansas man died Satur­day af­ter­noon when his car over­turned in a crash, par­tially eject­ing him and pin­ning him un­der­neath his ve­hi­cle, au­thor­i­ties said.

About 12:45 p.m., Day Wat­son of Moun­tain Pine was driv­ing a 2005 Chevro­let Cobalt west on Cedar­glade Road near Tur­key Trot Lane north­west of Hot Springs in Gar­land County, ac­cord­ing to an Arkansas State Po­lice re­port.

The Gar­land County sher­iff’s of­fice iden­ti­fied the vic­tim in a news re­lease as Gabriel Day Wat­son. That agency re­ceived a call Satur­day af­ter­noon in ref­er­ence to a pos­si­ble aban­doned ve­hi­cle and a sus­pi­cious per­son walk­ing around a prop­erty in the 1600 block of Cedar­glade Road.

A deputy ob­served a ve­hi­cle match­ing the description of the ve­hi­cle pulling out of a drive­way at a “high rate of speed,” the sher­iff’s of­fice said.

Au­thor­i­ties say Wat­son lost con­trol of the car while at­tempt­ing to pass an­other ve­hi­cle, caus­ing it to leave the north side of the road and hit a cul­vert. The ve­hi­cle over­turned and par­tially ejected him.

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