4 traffic fatalities reported in a day

Posted: November 4, 2017 at 2:35 a.m.

At least four people died in vehicle accidents Thursday, authorities said.

A woman who was a passenger in a vehicle trying to flee authorities died when the chase ended in a crash, authorities said.

Brandy Neal, 30, of Cabot was riding in a 1997 Chevrolet that was “attempting to evade law enforcement” in White County, a report stated.

Around 3:45 p.m., the Chevrolet crossed Arkansas 13 at Oak Dale Church Road and went airborne, causing it to strike a telephone pole and roll several times, authorities said.

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Neal was fatally hurt. No other injuries were reported.

Police did not name the driver of the vehicle, and additional circumstances of the crash were not immediately clear.

A 51-year-old man was killed when the pickup he was driving crashed into a concrete wall, the Arkansas State Police said.

The wreck happened around 10 a.m. Thursday as Michael Van Giles of Norphlet was traveling north on Champagnolle Road in Union County, according to a report.

Authorities said Giles’ 1997 Ford Ranger traveled off the right side of the road and crashed into a concrete retaining wall.

In both accidents, reports stated that travel conditions at the time were clear and dry.

A man was killed in a head-on crash Thursday morning, the state police said.

According to a report, Forrest Stewart, 63, of Ozan was driving north on U.S. 67 near its intersection with U.S. 108 in Miller County when his 2015 Ford F-150 crossed the centerline.

The vehicle hit a 2009 Hyundai headed south on U.S. 67 head-on, authorities said. The Hyundai’s driver, James Crowe, 24, of Hope, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stewart also was injured, the report stated.

The state police said the road was wet and conditions were clear at the time of the wreck.

A 32-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning when he lost control of his vehicle rounding a curve on a wet road and struck a guardrail, the state police said.

Fordyce resident Bobby Johnson Jr. was driving north in a 1991 Lincoln on Arkansas 229 in Dallas County about 9:45 a.m., according to a report.

He lost control of the vehicle in the curve and ran off the right shoulder, authorities said. The vehicle slid in a clockwise motion off the road and struck a concrete bridge’s guardrail on its right side, the report said.

Police said Johnson’s injuries were fatal.

Conditions were reported as cloudy and wet at the time of the crash.