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ARDOT Worker Killed in Hit-and-Run on I-30

On January 18th, 2022, around 8 p.m., an Arkansas Department of Transportation construction worker was struck by a vehicle and fatally injured.

The worker, 69-year-old Winfred Petty, was putting up road closure signs on Interstate 30 near Scott Hamilton Drive when he was struck. The vehicle that struck him has yet to be found but is believed to be a black SUV. Arkansas State Police are still trying to find the vehicle and driver.

After he was struck, Petty was taken by MedFlight to the nearest hospital. Westbound lanes of I-40 were closed temporarily while medics tried to help Petty. Unfortunately, Petty died from injuries.

Petty is just one of many ARDOT workers who’ve been killed in work zones. Less than two months before, 28-year-old ARDOT employee Kurt Cottier was hit and killed in a construction zone on the same interstate near Morrilton. That’s not all; statistics show that work zone accidents in Arkansas have increased by 70% over the last four years.

Have you lost a loved one in a work zone accident? Have you been injured in a pedestrian or biking collision? Minton Law Firm understands just how catastrophic these accidents can be — and also knows that insurance companies do not always compensate properly. Our lead attorney, Justin Minton, has experience as an insurance adjuster, and he understands how devastating a deadly collision can be to a family. He also understands the tactics insurance providers employ to try to limit what they pay to workers and victims.

If you’re fighting a work zone accident or pedestrian incident claim in the Little Rock area, call the Minton Law Firm at (501) 794-0001 or fill out an online form to set up a free consultation. You can also like and follow the Minton Law Facebook page for more updates.

Pedestrian Killed by Tractor-Trailer on Interstate 40

On January 13th, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on I-40 East near the Lonoke County line. 

The incident happened around 3:05 a.m., when a 2004 Kenworth truck, headed east on I-140, hit a man running across the interstate.

The victim, 43-year-old Billy Daugherty of Statesville, North Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene. Arkansas State Police reported the weather was clear and the road was dry at the time of each crash.

It is unclear why Daughtery was crossing the road at that time, or if the driver of the tractor-trailer was distracted.

Across the country, there are tens of thousands of accidents involving large trucks each year, although ones involving pedestrians are more uncommon. This pedestrian-truck accident shows that these accidents can even happen on high-speed roadways, and even in perfect weather. For families affected by accidents involving large tractor-trailers, though, it’s important to find justice.

Injury attorney Justin Minton has experience as an insurance adjuster, and he understands trucking companies and their insurance providers. If you have been involved in a trucking accident in Little Rock or the surrounding areas, or you’ve lost a loved one in one, call the Minton Law Firm at 501-794-0001. You can also fill out an online form to set up a free consultation. Want more insights and updates like this one? Like and follow the Minton Law Facebook page for more updates.

Iowa Man Dies in U-Turn Accident Involving 18-Wheeler

On Sunday, December 5th, a Sioux Center, Iowa man died while attempting to make a U-turn on U.S. 65 in Boone County.

The accident happened at 5:37am Sunday, when Dennis Visser, 68, attempted to make a U-turn on U.S. 65, near Rocky Top Lane north of Harrison. While attempting the U-turn, Vesser’s pickup was struck by an 18-wheeler driving behind him.

The tractor-trailer was unable to avoid the truck and struck Vesser’s driver-side. Vesser died of injuries at the scene. His two passengers, Troopers said two of the passengers, Harvey Dean Mulder, 60, and Verlyn Jay Mulder, 62, were transported to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center.

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30-Year-Old Man Dies After Tire Flies Through Windshield

On Thursday, December 3rd, one man died when a tire from a westbound vehicle collided with his windshield. The accident occurred on Interstate 630 in Little Rock around 10 p.m.

The accident involved a 2021 Dodge Ram, which was traveling west on I-630 near Chester Street. The rear driver-side wheel of the Ram suddenly dislodged and traveled over the concrete barrier into the eastbound lane, driving through the front windshield of a 2013 Hyundai.

The Hyundai came to a rest in the third lane of I-630 E, and a 2014 Chevrolet was unable to stop before rear-ending the vehicle, according to Arkansas State Police.

The driver of that 2013 Hyundai was Matthew Boswell, 30, of Trumann. Unfortunately, Boswell died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Conditions at the time of the crash as clear and dry and no additional injuries were reported. 

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Two Killed in Lake Village Intersection Crash

On Thanksgiving Day, 2021, two people died in an early morning collision at a Lake Village intersection.

At 7:40 a.m., according to preliminary Arkansas State Police reports, a 2001 Peterbilt was headed northbound on U.S. 65. The vehicle made a left-hand turn with a protected green arrow onto U.S. 82, where it was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The oncoming vehicle, a 2018 Hyundai, was headed south on U.S. 65. Driven by Karena M. Everett, 26, of Pine Bluff, the Hyundai ran through a red light and collided with the Peterbilt. Everett and her passenger, Diamante Estrellas, 23, of Little Rock, were reported dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured and was not identified in the report.

According to the police report, it was raining and the road was wet at the time of the crash.

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Pedestrian Killed in Little Rock, One of Over 500 This Year

On October 23rd, 2021, around 7:50pm, a Little Rock man was walking the 5100 block of Asher Avenue. A 1998 Nissan traveling east at an unknown speed hit the man, 44-year-old Zachary Triano of Little Rock. 

Area police said the conditions were dry and clear at the time of the crash, and the cause of the accident is unknown. Unfortunately, Triano was pronounced dead at the scene. He is also one of two men who died in pedestrian accidents in the area on the same weekend.

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle in North Little Rock

On Friday, October 1, a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle as she attempted to cross the 2600 block of Pike Avenue in North Little Rock. 

Officers responded to a call around 7:33 p.m. Friday evening, according to North Little Rock police. When they arrived, they found the woman, 45-year-old Regina Nolley, lying on the ground. Nolley was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was traveling northbound as Nolley was crossing the roadway. The driver was uninjured, and no charges have been filed at this time. Both driver and vehicle remain unidentified. 

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Batesville Crash Involving Daycare Van Ends in Death of Child

On Thursday, September 23rd, a 2019 Chevrolet van and a GMC Sierra truck were in a head-on collision on U.S 167 in Batesville. The incident led to the death of Tammy J Gardner, from Hardy, and one minor passenger, whose identity has not been released.

The Arkansas State Police reports that Gardner, driving a 2019 Chevrolet van with two minor passengers, was headed south on U.S. 167 in the early morning hours. The 2016 GMC Sierra, driven by Cody L. Conboy, 20, of Greenbriar, was headed northbound. Conboy drove into the southbound lanes of traffic and struck the left front of Gardner’s van with the left front of his truck.

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Collision on Crow Mountain Road Results in Discovery of a Stolen Car, Entrapment & Airlifting

Six people were injured in a two-car collision on Monday, September 13, around 4:30 p.m., leading one person to become entrapped in his vehicle and two people with critical injuries. It was later discovered that one of the vehicles was reported stolen earlier that same week.

This collision, which took place on Crow Mountain Road near the intersection of Double Springs Road, was originally reported as a basic two-vehicle collision. Upon preliminary investigation of the crash, however, Arkansas State Police found that one of the vehicles was stolen. 

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Early Morning I-30 Crash Involving Three Vehicles Claims Life of 23 Year Old

A three vehicle collision led to the death of a 23-year-old Malvern man on August 6, 2021. The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 30 in Saline County.

According to Arkansas State Police, the driver of a Chevy Tahoe hit the concrete median in the far left lane of the westbound interstate. The vehicle rolled on its side and a driver of a Toyota Camry pulled over to call 911. Unfortunately, a Jeep Cherokee collided with the turned-over Taho and the driver, found to be Cody Henley of Malvern, was ejected.

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