Pedestrian hit by 2 vehicles dies

Posted: November 4, 2017 at 2:30 a.m.

A 45-year-old man who was walking on a highway early Wednesday died after being struck by two vehicles, authorities said. One driver has been arrested.

Dewayne Jackson was near the Pine Bluff Cemetery in a traffic lane of the Martha Mitchell Expressway, also known as U.S. 65B, shortly after 3:30 a.m. when he was hit by a 1999 Nissan Maxima, according to a news release from the Pine Bluff Police Department.

State police wrote in a crash report that Jackson, a Pine Bluff resident, was then struck by a 1991 Ford. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jefferson County coroner.

The Nissan's driver, Nia Blade, 22, was taken into custody on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and having no proof of insurance, the Police Department said. According to the news release, she also was arrested on "probable cause of negligent homicide."

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Records show Blade, who is from Grandview, Mo., was released Thursday from the Jefferson County jail on $1,390 bond.

The other driver is not expected to faces charges, the Police Department said.

The state police report noted that rain was falling and the road was wet when Jackson was hit.

State Desk on 11/04/2017