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Four Dead in Area Motorcycle Accidents

Posted: April 5, 2010 at 11 a.m.

Four area residents were killed in three separate motorcycle accidents over the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, James and Lori Swearingen of Gentry were killed near Winslow when a southbound pickup crossed the center line of U.S. 71 and hit a pack of four northbound motorcycles. Two other riders and the truck driver were injured.

On Sunday morning, Ronald Green of West Fork died after his motorcycle was hit by a car at the corner of Joyce Boulevard and Crossover Road in Fayetteville. Two people in the car were hurt.

Later Sunday, Kenneth Poe of Bella Vista died after he crossed the center line on Arkansas 340 in Bella Vista and hit a minivan. The driver of the van was hurt.

A Saturday motorcycle wreck in Cross County also killed one man over the weekend and injured a passenger on the bike. No other vehicles were involved.

Read tomorrow's Springdale Morning News or return to NWAOnline.com as this story develops.

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Wonder how many of these riders were wearing helmets..

Posted by: shenanigans

April 6, 2010 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ronald Greene was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash and was a very careful rider.What has that got to do when the driver of the passenger car RAN a red light.

Posted by: ImClaude

April 6, 2010 at 10:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A helmet wouldn't have made a difference for James and Lori. The guy hit James head on and ran over Lori. People are just not as careful any more. There's to much going on inside the vehicle instead of watching the road.

Posted by: concernednpr

April 6, 2010 at 1:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Most accidents are caused from distractions. In this case obviously the driver of the truck had something going on, who knows. But the motorcyclists were left with little or no reaction time to avoid the impact. I always wear a helmet, but in some cases, like this, it likely wouldn't have changed the outcome. Like John said in American Graffiti "driving is serious business". And people should remember that while they're driving.

Posted by: dcnark

April 7, 2010 at 6:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I grew up riding motorcycles but when my children were born, I sold them simply because its just too risky. People are just too distracted with their cell phones, texting, etc.. not to mention "pressing the wrong pedal" like the accident that happened in Bella Vista this week.

Posted by: shenanigans

April 7, 2010 at 8:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rest in Peace...to all those who lost their lives.

Posted by: milk1can

April 8, 2010 at 10:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )