Arkansas road ac­ci­dents kill four, state po­lice re­port

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - GAVIN LESNICK, JIL­LIAN KREMER AND BRAN­DON RID­DLE

Four men died on Arkansas roads Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary Arkansas State Po­lice re­ports.

Shortly be­fore 6:30 a.m., Michael K. McBride, 20, of Mag­no­lia was driv­ing a Honda Civic south on Arkansas 19 south of Mag­no­lia when he at­tempted to pass another ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to a state po­lice re­port.

The Civic then col­lided head-on with a north­bound Mercury Mar­quis, the re­port said.

McBride suf­fered fa­tal in­juries. Two Louisiana res­i­dents in the Mar­quis — 57-year-old driver Ron­nie B. Hen­der­son of Hay­nesville and 38-year-old pas­sen­ger Keauati M. Crit­ten­den of Springhill — were listed as be­ing hurt, though the re­port didn’t spec­ify the ex­tent of their in­juries.

About 9:30 a.m., Daniel Rush, 62, of Rock Is­land, Okla., was headed east on Arkansas 10 in Se­bas­tian County, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary re­port. State po­lice say Rush died when his 2005 Ford trav­eled off the road and crashed into a tree.

About 11:05 p.m., a 2014 Ford Ex­plorer failed to yield to traf­fic while trav­el­ing north on Columbia County Road 408, caus­ing the ve­hi­cle to crash into a west­bound Ford F-150 at U.S. 82 east of Mag­no­lia, po­lice said.

The SUV came to a rest in a ditch on the north side of U.S. 82, a pre­lim­i­nary re­port states. Au­thor­i­ties said the pickup, driven by 44-year-old Larry John­son of Mag­no­lia, left the high­way’s right side and be­gan to roll be­fore also com­ing to a stop in a ditch.

John­son suf­fered fa­tal in­juries, state po­lice said. A pas­sen­ger in the pickup, 39-yearold Nik­ishia Buff­in­g­ton of Mag­no­lia, was re­ported hurt.

About 11:30 p.m., Christo­pher Chaf­fin, 37, was walk­ing in the north­bound traf­fic lane of Arkansas 237 near Old Salem Road in Texarkana when he was hit by a 2016 GMC Aca­dia that was headed north, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary crash re­port.

Chaf­fin, a Texarkana res­i­dent, suf­fered fa­tal in­juries, au­thor­i­ties said. The driver of the SUV was not named.

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