Wrecks in state kill four, in­jure one

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - EMMA PET­TIT AND KALLY PATZ

Three peo­ple died Thurs­day in sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents on Arkansas roads, au­thor­i­ties said.

Mean­while, Arkansas State Po­lice on Thurs­day re­ported the death of an Arkansas man in a crash last week­end.

A 21-year-old Arkansas State Univer­sity stu­dent died in a crash Thurs­day night, the univer­sity said in a news re­lease Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Shelby Rhodes of Sheri­dan was a ris­ing se­nior and pres­i­dent of the school’s Hon­ors Col­lege As­so­ci­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

“The Arkansas State Univer­sity com­mu­nity is deeply sad­dened by the loss of such a tal­ented and ded­i­cated stu­dent leader,” ASU Chan­cel­lor Kelly Dam­p­housse said in the re­lease.

Rhodes crashed around 7:40 p.m. Thurs­day af­ter she lost con­trol of her ve­hi­cle while driv­ing in the rain in Grant County and be­gan spin­ning coun­ter­clock­wise across U.S. 167, Arkansas State Po­lice said.

Her 2008 Ford Mus­tang crossed the cen­ter turn lane and col­lided with a 2015 Nis­san Al­tima driv­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary crash re­port. The Al­tima came to a stop in a ditch, state po­lice re­ported.

Jer­maine Jack­son, a 32-year-old Ba­ton Rouge res­i­dent and driver of the Al­tima, was taken to UAMS Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Lit­tle Rock, the re­port stated.

Con­di­tions were re­ported by po­lice as rainy and wet at the time of the crash.

“This tragic loss has and will con­tinue to dev­as­tate the Hon­ors and A-State com­mu­nity,” said Re­becca Oliver, di­rec­tor of the Hon­ors Col­lege. “Shelby was a stu­dent leader, a sweet soul, and had a bright fu­ture ahead of her.”

A Ben­ton man died Thurs­day night af­ter his Pon­tiac caught fire when it hit a tree in Jef­fer­son County, state po­lice said.

It hap­pened around 9:45 p.m. on In­ter­state 530 near Red­field, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

Donny Ste­wart, 43, was driv­ing a 2009 Pon­tiac south when the ve­hi­cle veered off the road, struck a tree and caught fire, state po­lice said.

No one else was in­jured in the wreck, po­lice said.

State po­lice re­ported con­di­tions as clear and dry at the time.

A Harrison res­i­dent was fa­tally struck while he was sit­ting on a state high­way in Boone County early Thurs­day, state po­lice said.

A 2001 Chevro­let was head­ing south on Arkansas 43 south of Harrison around 2 a.m., ac­cord­ing to a state po­lice re­port.

Joshua Wo­mack, 18, was sit­ting in the south­bound lane, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. The driver of the Chevro­let did not see him and fa­tally struck the teen, state po­lice said. The driver was un­hurt.

The re­port didn’t in­di­cate why Wo­mack was sit­ting on the high­way.

Con­di­tions were cloudy and dry at the time of the ac­ci­dent, state po­lice said.

A 24-year-old Rus­sel­lville man was killed in Lo­gan County on Aug. 5 af­ter a ve­hi­cle he was driv­ing rolled over sev­eral times, po­lice said Thurs­day.

An­drew Pol­lack was trav­el­ing north on Cross­roads North Road west of Scran­ton on a 2013 Can-Am when he turned right onto Pat­ter­son Bluff Road around 9:50 p.m., ac­cord­ing to a state po­lice re­port.

The Can-Am brand makes all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles. It was not clear from the re­port which was in­volved in the wreck.

The ve­hi­cle crossed the cen­ter­line and ran off the road, which caused Pol­lack to over­cor­rect, state po­lice said. The Can-Am then flipped over mul­ti­ple times, state po­lice said.

Con­di­tions were re­ported to be clear and dry at the time.

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