Four peo­ple killed in three wrecks

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - EMMA PETTIT

Four peo­ple have died on Arkansas roads over the past two days, Arkansas State Po­lice re­ported.

Two peo­ple were killed and an­other per­son was hurt when the ve­hi­cle they were trav­el­ing in left an Arkansas road and hit a tree early Fri­day, Arkansas State Po­lice re­ported.

The wreck hap­pened about 2:40 a.m. as a 2001 Mit­subishi was trav­el­ing east on Walker Road near Grant County Road 67, ac­cord­ing to state po­lice.

The driver, 22-year-old Robert Thomas Gil­ley of Sheridan, failed to stop at a stop sign, caus­ing the ve­hi­cle to leave the road and hit a tree, au­thor­i­ties said.

Gil­ley suf­fered fa­tal in­juries, and a pas­sen­ger in­side the Mit­subishi, 18-year-old Austin Wayne Joyner of Prattsville, was also killed.

Po­lice said a sec­ond pas­sen­ger, 19-year-old Matthew Gar­rett Bates of White Hall, was injured.

Travel con­di­tions at the time of the crash were de­scribed as clear and dry.

An 18-year-old woman was killed Thurs­day af­ter a van lost con­trol round­ing a curve and struck a tree in Gar­land County, of­fi­cials said.

A Chevro­let Ex­press van was trav­el­ing north in the 300 block of Mar­ion An­der­son Road about 12:45 p.m., ac­cord­ing to The Sen­tinel-Record news­pa­per in Hot Springs. The driver of the van lost con­trol, caus­ing the ve­hi­cle to veer off the road and hit a tree on the pas­sen­ger side, po­lice said.

The driver, a male whose name was not re­leased, was not re­ported to be hurt. State po­lice said a pas­sen­ger, Rachel Roberts of Oden, suf­fered fa­tal in­juries. She was pro­nounced dead at the scene, the news­pa­per re­ported.

Con­di­tions were said to be clear and dry at the time of the wreck.

Also Thurs­day, an Arkansas man was killed af­ter a ve­hi­cle he was trav­el­ing in tried to turn onto a pri­vate drive and was rear-ended in Lawrence County, of­fi­cials said.

A 2005 Chrysler was head­ing east on Arkansas 230 west of Straw­berry about 3:55 p.m. when the ve­hi­cle re­port­edly tried to turn left into a pri­vate drive. A 2000 Toy­ota also head­ing east on the high­way rear-ended the Chrysler, ac­cord­ing to an ac­ci­dent re­port.

A pas­sen­ger in the Chrysler, 75-year-old Pleas­ant Vaulner of Straw­berry, suf­fered fa­tal in­juries, po­lice said. No other in­juries were re­ported.

Con­di­tions were re­port­edly cloudy and dry at the time.

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