Three NEA traffic fatalities reported over weekend by State Police

Photo by Stan Morris | NEA Report
Photo by Stan Morris | NEA Report

JONESBORO, Ark. – Several fatal wrecks took place across Northeast Arkansas over the weekend.

The first recorded by Arkansas State Police happened at 3:09 a.m. Friday, July 21, in Crittenden County, the report said. At I-55 North near the nine mile marker, Joshua A. Williams, 36, of Little Rock, was walking southbound in the northbound lanes when he was struck by a semi-truck. A 2018 Freightliner, driving north, struck Williams, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Crittenden County Coroner William Wolfe. 

The second accident happened Friday, too, but this time in Poinsett County. At 3:50 p.m., Virginia M. Church, 44, of Harrisburg, was traveling south on Highway 163. In the 2002 Saturn SL2 with her were four children: three boys age 2, 7, and 12, and a 9-year-old girl. Along the way, the vehicle left the roadway to the right, Trooper Zach Paschal wrote, and overcorrected. The vehicle reentered the roadway sideways and left the roadway again, this time on the other side, where it struck a tree head-on. Church was killed. The four children were injured and taken to St. Bernard’s. No condition is known to media.

At 9:25 p.m. Saturday night, July 22, an 18-year-old’s life came to a tragic end in White County. Donna Marie Poole, 18, of Bradford, was one of three occupants of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala which was traveling east on Highway 124. Poole drove the vehicle into the intersection with Highway 305, the report said. Her Impala was struck by a 2015 Peterbuilt in the intersection. A 26-year-old passenger, Elizabeth Tucker, of Bradford, was taken to Unity Health in Searcy with injuries. A minor, age unknown, was taken to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, the report said.

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