Report: Failure to yield led to fatal motorcycle wreck

JONESBORO, Ark. – An accident report indicates failure to yield by an SUV as the cause of the wreck Tuesday night on Johnson Avenue which claimed the life of a motorcycle rider.

Jonesboro police have also released the names of the two involved in the fatal wreck, including the deceased.

Christopher Harrison, 27, of Corning, died from injuries sustained in the Tuesday night wreck. JPD reports it happened at 9:09 p.m. at East Johnson Avenue and University Loop. A 2012 GMC Terrain, driven by Caleb King, 21, of Jonesboro, was in the turning lane on East Johnson preparing to turn south onto University Loop. At the same time, a 2006 Buell Blast motorcycle, driven by Harrison, was headed east on Johnson in the inner lane. 

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The report says the GMC Terrain failed to yield to the motorcycle while attempting to turn onto University Loop, resulting in a head-on collision in the intersection.

Emerson Ambulance Service arrived a short time later and requested the coroner. Harrison was pronounced dead on the scene. His injuries were so severe, emergency personnel shielded his body by holding up a sheet to prevent the public from witnessing what had occurred.

The intersection of University Loop and Johnson rests on a hill, making all approaches from the three available directions difficult.


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