JONESBORO, Ark. – A man was hit by a truck on Tuesday and said the driver did it on purpose, leading to the driver’s arrest.
At about 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 5400-block of County Road 912 over a vehicle versus pedestrian accident. The victim was already being transported by Medic One to NEA Baptist Hospital. The driver, Joseph Seymour, 36, of Jonesboro, said he was pulling around in the driveway when he noticed the victim walking in the driveway. He said he came to a stop, allowing the 53-year-old man to walk across, but the alleged victim “jumped into the front of his truck, to make it appear that he was hit.”
The alleged victim did a convincing job, if Seymour’s description of events is true, as a deputy noticed he had injuries to his face, both elbows and both hands.
The victim’s account was much different. He described walking across the driveway to his camper when Seymour pulled around in the vehicle, accelerated, and struck him. The victim then described Seymour as backing up, getting out, and saying the victim “should have left when he told him to.” He then left the victim in the grass with his cane, both according to the victim and Medic One personnel.
Once deputies spoke to Seymour’s wife, that statement made more sense. She said they’ve been having problems living with the victim and both he and Seymour have not spoken to each other all day, due to the tension. However, she also said the victim had health issues and metal rods inserted in his back, doubting he would be able to jump into her husband’s vehicle. The conversation was recorded, according to the incident report.
Seymour was arrested for felony aggravated assault on a family or household member. He was taken to Craighead County Detention Center, where he remained Wednesday morning.