JPD: Walnut Ridge man killed in wreck Thursday in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, Ark. – A Walnut Ridge man perished from injuries sustained in a wreck Thursday morning in Jonesboro, an officer reported.

It happened around 9 AM Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Pleasant Grove/Airport Road in Jonesboro, just before NEA Baptist hospital. Officer Zach Kaja with JPD reported the Patsy Ann Cate, 80 of Walnut Ridge, was driving east on Johnson Avenue (U.S. 49) in a white 2009 Lincoln MKZ. Riding with her was Carl J. Cate, 85. At the same time, a minor was driving a 2017 black Nissan Sentra south on Pleasant Grove (which becomes Airport Road after the intersection). As both vehicles sped toward the intersection at the same time, neither slowed down. The Lincoln passed through the intersection, colliding with the Nissan and causing a serious crash.

Both the driver and passenger in the Lincoln were taken to the hospital by ambulance for their injuries. Tragically, Carl J. Cate passed away as a result of his injuries in the accident, the police report states. The minor was also hospitalized for her non-life threatening injuries.

There was disagreement between drivers about who had the right of way. While the driver of the Lincoln claimed she had a green light, the minor in the Nissan also claimed to have a green light, police said.

The officer’s investigation indicated the driver of the Lincoln to be at fault. The report states she disregarded a traffic signal, causing the crash. A 21-year-old Paragould man who said he witnessed the crash said the elderly couple ran a red light, striking the minor’s vehicle.

Conditions were reported as clear with dry roads at the time of the crash.

Next of kin was notified.

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