Crashes kill three driv­ers in a day

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - EMMA PETTIT AND GAVIN LESNICK

Three peo­ple, in­clud­ing two mo­tor­cy­clists, were killed in crashes Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to Arkansas State Po­lice.

Also, the agency re­leased de­tails Tues­day about a Jan­uary crash that in­jured a pedes­trian, who died days later.

A 51-year-old Con­way man died Tues­day when his mo­tor­cy­cle and a car col­lided as the car was turn­ing into a Con­way shop­ping cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to a state po­lice re­port.

The crash hap­pened shortly af­ter 3:30 p.m. as a 2002 Toy­ota Avalon turned left in front of the mo­tor­cy­cle into the Con­way Towne Cen­tre shop­ping cen­ter off U.S. 65, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The Avalon hit the front and left side of the mo­tor­cy­cle, the re­port said, and the car then struck a pickup.

The mo­tor­cy­clist, Johnny Carollo, died at the scene. The Avalon driver, Verla El­iz­a­beth Smith, 64, of Con­way, was taken to a hos­pi­tal for treat­ment of un­spec­i­fied in­juries, the re­port said. The pickup driver wasn’t hurt, the re­port said.

In Ben­ton County, a Siloam Springs man died when his mo­tor­cy­cle struck a 2012 Ram pickup, state po­lice said.

The Ram was head­ing west on U.S. 412 around 4 p.m. Tues­day near the Fair­mount Road in­ter­sec­tion, ac­cord­ing to a state po­lice re­port.

Steven Kauf­feld, 50, also was trav­el­ing west on a 2004 Harley-David­son, po­lice said. He re­port­edly struck the side of the Dodge and suf­fered fa­tal in­juries.

The driver of the Ram was not in­jured, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

In Lit­tle Rock, a driver died when his car left the road­way and struck some trees Tues­day af­ter­noon, state po­lice said.

A 2018 Cadil­lac CTS was trav­el­ing west in the 11900 block of Base­line Road around 2 p.m., ac­cord­ing to a state po­lice re­port. The car crossed the east­bound lanes, left the pave­ment and hit sev­eral trees, po­lice said.

The driver, 65-year- old Richard Banks Sr., was fa­tally in­jured.

No one else was re­ported in­jured in the wreck.

Con­di­tions were listed as clear and dry at the times of the three crashes.

Also, late Tues­day, a re­port posted on the Arkansas State Po­lice web­site de­scribed a Jones­boro crash that killed a pedes­trian ear­lier this year. The crash hap­pened around 5 a.m. Jan. 25 as 51-year-old Kevin Her­rera was walk­ing north on Trail­wa­ter Drive near Sis­tine Chapel Cir­cle in Jones­boro, the re­port said.

Her­rera moved to the shoul­der as a 2014 Chevro­let ap­proached, driv­ing north on Trail­wa­ter Drive, the re­port said. The ve­hi­cle struck him any­way, the re­port said.

A sep­a­rate re­port from the Jones­boro Po­lice Depart­ment in­di­cated that the driver gave the in­jured Her­rera a ride back to his home. Her­rera de­clined to be taken to a hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance, say­ing his wife would drive him later, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Her­rera was later found to have suf­fered mul­ti­ple cracked ribs, the re­port said. He died Feb. 1. The state Crime Lab­o­ra­tory de­ter­mined that the crash in­juries led to his death, the Jones­boro Po­lice Depart­ment re­port noted.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear why the state po­lice posted the ac­ci­dent re­port sev­eral months af­ter the crash oc­curred.

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