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At least five people died in recent, separate road accidents in Arkansas.

A 39-year-old pedestrian was lying on an Arkansas highway when he was hit and killed by a pickup Monday night, authorities said.

Charles Simonson of Elaine was in the northbound lane of Arkansas 44 in Elaine when the driver of a 2011 Ford F-150 struck him about 8 p.m, an Arkansas State Police report states.

The pickup's driver hit the brakes and swerved to the right before the crash, according to the report, but Simonson suffered fatal injuries.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler said that no additional information about the crash was available Tuesday.

An 89-year-old Arkansan died in August after he tried to make a turn in his Ford pickup and was hit by an SUV, according to a crash report released this week.

James Brown of Helena-West Helena was driving west on U.S. 49 and tried to turn north onto Phillips County Road 231 around 11 a.m. Aug. 24 when a 2012 Ford Explorer hit his 1980 Ford F-150 from behind, Arkansas State Police said.

Brown was taken to Helena Regional Medical Center, the report states. Conditions were listed as clear and dry at the time of the crash.

The man died Aug. 25, Phillips County Chief Deputy Darrell Winston said on Tuesday, adding that Brown's body was taken to the Shelby County, Tenn., medical examiner's office.

An employee at the agency said the cause of death was still under investigation.

The report appeared in a list of Arkansas State Police crash summaries weeks after the wreck because it had been mistakenly classified as an accident with injury instead of a fatal crash, Winston said.

A 44-year-old Arkansas man died in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon, according to a preliminary state police report.

The wreck happened shortly after 1 p.m. near the intersection of Shoppingway Boulevard and Avondale Circle in West Memphis.

Authorities said Rogers E. Jones II of Marion was driving a 2005 Suzuki west on Shoppingway behind a 2002 Ford. When the Ford tried to turn north onto a private road, Jones' Suzuki rear-ended the vehicle, the report states.

Jones suffered fatal injuries in the Crittenden County crash.

State police said the weather was clear and the road was dry at the time of the wreck.

A 54-year-old man died Sunday, nearly three weeks after he was injured in a motorcycle crash in northeast Arkansas, authorities said.

Jonesboro Police Department spokesman David McDaniel said Charles Thompson Jr. died at 9 p.m. at Region One Health Medical Center in Memphis.

The Brookland resident had been at the hospital since being injured in an Aug. 21 crash at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Hudson Drive in Jonesboro, according to an Arkansas State Police report.

Authorities said Thompson had been driving a 2001 Honda VCD west on Johnson Avenue when he came to a stop in the road shortly before 11 a.m. A 2003 Toyota RAV behind the motorcycle continued driving and hit Thompson from behind, the report states.

The SUV driver, identified as 49-year-old Kammie Brewer of Jonesboro, was also hurt in the collision, state police said.

A 25-year-old Texas man died Monday night after his vehicle traveled off Interstate 30 near Prescott and hit a tree, authorities said.

Aaron Lee Quinn of Gilmer, Texas was driving a 2009 Toyota west on I-30, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report.

Shortly before 7:45 p.m. near the 40 mile marker, which is west of Prescott in Nevada County, the Toyota "veered into the median and struck a tree," police wrote.

Quinn died at the scene.


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Metro on 09/12/2018

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