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Son of Hot Springs mayor killed in crash early Friday

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published December 4, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. Updated December 4, 2015 at 4:12 p.m.

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In this Nov. 30, 2013 file photo, Tiffany Thornton, right, with husband Christopher Carney and son Kenneth Carney attend A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show, at Nokia Theater, L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

Two people, including the son of Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney, died in a single-vehicle crash early Friday, according to Arkansas State Police.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler said the vehicle was traveling westbound on U.S. 70 East about 1:40 a.m. at the time of the crash.

Christopher Carney, 35, of Hot Springs was identified as a passenger in the vehicle, while Ezekiel Blanton, 37, of Hot Springs was listed as the vehicle's driver.

According to a preliminary report released Friday afternoon, Blanton was driving a 2013 Infiniti J-35 through a curve when he overcorrected, causing the vehicle to leave the road and strike a tree.

Christopher Carney is also known for his appearance on MTV's reality series twentyfourseven, which documented his role as lead singer of The Prom Kings.

The two involved in Friday's crash were pronounced dead at the scene about 6 miles east of Hot Springs, Sadler said.

In a statement, the city of Hot Springs said: "The City of Hot Springs Board of Directors, staff and employees extend their heartfelt sympathy to Mayor Ruth Carney, Rev. Ken Carney [Christopher Carney's father], Tiffany Thornton Carney, and the entire family upon the death of Chris Carney in a car accident which occurred early this morning.  Please keep the Carney family in your thoughts and prayers at this time."

Tiffany Thornton Carney, a local radio personality on KLAZ 105.9 FM and former Disney actress, is Christopher Carney's wife, a spokesman for the city of Hot Springs said.

The radio station released the following statement about 9:51 a.m. on its Facebook page: "Our hearts are breaking at KLAZ and Noalmark Broadcasting. Our Tiffany Thornton's husband died in an auto crash... Please send up your prayers for Tiffany and her family. She is loved by us and our many listeners."

Travel conditions at the time of Friday's crash were described as clear and dry.

The deaths were the 481st and 482nd in a traffic crash in Arkansas so far this year, according to preliminary figures.

Twelve people have died so far this year on the portion of U.S. 70 between Hot Springs and Interstate 30, according to the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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