On February 2, 2021, four people were injured and one child died during a collision on Clay County Road 406.
Thirty-eight-year-old Ervin Derrell Hill, of Jonesboro, was traveling west on Clay 406 when he lost control and crashed head-on into the vehicle of Mark Johnson, 54, of Rector. Later court documents show that Hill was “traveling at a high rate of speed” in his 2007 Buick Lucerne on the county road. Passing over a hill at high speeds caused the vehicle to become airborne, leading to the loss of control and collision.
Seeing Hill’s vehicle coming, Johnson pulled over to the shoulder on the east side of the road, where the two cars eventually collided. Hill’s vehicle contained Hill and two minors, one of whom was an 8-year-old boy who died during the crash. Neither minor were reportedly wearing seatbelts. Johnson and his wife were injured during the crash, and were taken to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
Roads were dry at the time of the accident, and police documents report a “strong odor of marijuana” from inside Hill’s vehicle. Judge Dan Stidham ruled over the initial hearing and Hill was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, possession of marijuana, and two counts minor endangerment. His charges also include driving without a seatbelt, reckless driving, and two counts of no child restraints.
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