Officials report 4 vehicle-related fatalities in state

Posted: November 1, 2017 at 3:29 a.m.

At least four people died in recent accidents on state roads.

Authorities identified a 41-year-old man who was struck and killed when he stepped off a sidewalk and onto a state highway last month.

Arkansas State Police said in a preliminary crash report that the man was walking east on the sidewalk of Arkansas 91 near its intersection with State Street in Jonesboro about 6 p.m. Oct. 6 when he stepped into the road. He was hit by a 2015 Chrysler traveling west.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Jonesboro Police Department identified the man killed as Delano McDaniel of Wynne.

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Conditions were reported by police as clear and dry at the time of the incident.

On Friday morning, a 21-year-old man initially reported as missing by the Little Rock Police Department died in a single-vehicle crash, authorities said.

Derrick Waters of Little Rock was driving a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria in southwest Little Rock about 11:20 a.m., according to a crash report from the Police Department.

While traveling south near the 12500 block of Heinke Road, the report said, the car topped a hill and began to drift sideways, then slid off the road and struck two mailboxes and a tree.

Waters was dead when paramedics arrived, the report said. The coroner could not find any identification, so Waters' body was sent to the state Crime Laboratory for fingerprint analysis.

Waters was not identified until about five hours after his mother reported him missing Sunday afternoon, police said, when the Crime Lab identified his body.

Authorities said that when Waters' mother talked to officers about 3 p.m. Sunday, she said she does not always know her son's whereabouts. But she added that he had not been responding to her phone calls nor those from friends, which was unusual.

She told police she last saw her son, who reportedly had recently purchased the Crown Victoria, on Thursday. Friends reported seeing the 21-year-old about 10 a.m. Friday.

Waters' friends could not locate him at places he was known to frequent and became concerned, the report said.

Conditions at the time of the crash were clear but wet, according to a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police.

A 19-year-old man died Monday evening when his vehicle crashed off a state highway, authorities said.

The crash happened about 5:45 p.m. as Jayson Creg Bonner of Norman was driving a 1995 Toyota south on Arkansas 27 in Montgomery County, according to an Arkansas State Police report.

Police said Bonner "failed to negotiate a left hand curve" and the Toyota ran off the east shoulder, traveled down an embankment and hit a culvert.

Bonner suffered fatal injuries. No one else was listed as being hurt.

Conditions at the time were reported to be clear, dark and dry.

An 84-year-old Texas man died after his vehicle was hit from behind by another vehicle Monday morning on Interstate 40, authorities said.

Shortly before 11:15 a.m., Douglas Fisher of Pampa, Texas, was slowing for traffic while driving a 2017 Chevrolet west on I-40 in the Russellville area, according to a state police report.

A 2012 Toyota that was also traveling west on the highway struck the Chevrolet from behind, the report said.

Fisher suffered fatal injuries. The other driver, who was not named in the report, was not listed as being hurt.

Conditions at the time were clear and dry, according to the report.

Metro on 11/01/2017