Man arrested in hit and run death of Independence County woman

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

Arkansas State Police released more information Wednesday afternoon about a fatal hit and run that took the life of a 64-year-old Batesville woman, including that an arrest had been made.

Danny Day, 50, of Cave City, was arrested last night (Tuesday, December 29th) by Arkansas State Police and is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death (Class D felony).

Day was arrested in connection with the Monday evening (December 28th) hit and run crash that claimed the life of Rita J. Brooks, 64, of 6220 North St. Louis, Batesville.
Brooks’ body was found near her home along the east shoulder of the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 167 about halfway between Batesville and Cave City.

An investigation of the crash and death is continuing.

Original Release:

The Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division is continuing its investigation of an overnight hit and run pedestrian death that occurred in Independence County along U.S. Highway 167 about 8:15 last night (Monday, December 28th).

The body of Rita J. Brooks, 64, of 6220 North St. Louis, Batesville, was found near the east shoulder of the northbound traffic lane. A state trooper investigating the death suspects Ms. Brooks was moving a trash receptacle from the edge of the highway near her home when she was struck by a vehicle that fled from the scene.

Evidence collected from the scene is being examined in an attempt to identify the particular make and model of the vehicle that struck Ms. Brooks.

Anyone who may have seen Ms. Brooks on the highway between 8 – 8:15 last night or who may know anything about a vehicle or driver involved in the crash is asked to contact Arkansas State Police, Troop B, by calling (870) 523-2702

(press release)

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