Trial slated for driver in fa­tal wreck

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/STATE - By Jim Wil­liamson

A trial date has been sched­uled for Colton Daniel Ard, 20, of Ash­down, Ark., who has been charged with neg­li­gent homi­cide for al­legedly caus­ing a fa­tal ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent in Lit­tle River County.

The trial is set for Nov. 27 in the Lit­tle River County Cir­cuit Court in Ash­down.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred March 7, 2016, and was re­ported at 7:51 p.m. at the in­ter­sec­tion of Arkansas high­ways 234 and 108 near Alleene.

Ard is charged with felony neg­li­gent homi­cide and a mis­de­meanor driv­ing-while-in­tox­i­cated first of­fense, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

The col­li­sion killed Mason S. Gross, 18, of Ash­down, who was a pas­sen­ger in a 1993 Jeep driven by Ard.

Gross was pro­nounced dead at the scene by Lit­tle River County Coroner Roddy Smith.

The Jeep failed to stop at a stop sign at the in­ter­sec­tion and col­lided with the trailer of a Dodge driven by Lawrence Chan­dler, 52, of De Queen, Ark., ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Arkansas State Po­lice Trooper First Class Travis Hale.

The ar­rest war­rant pre­pared by Hale said Ard was “driv­ing in a neg­li­gent man­ner” while be­ing al­legedly im­paired with a blood al­co­hol con­tent of .08, over the le­gal limit in Arkansas.

Ard has been re­leased from jail af­ter post­ing a bond of $15,000.

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