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A 20-year-old Arkansas man was fatally injured and three other people were hurt Sunday in a wreck that occurred after the vehicle they were in struck a deer, authorities said.

It happened shortly after 12:45 a.m. as a 1982 Chevrolet was traveling at a high rate of speed south on Arkansas 225 north of Greers Ferry in Cleburne County, Arkansas State Police said.

The vehicle hit a deer in the road and then ran off the right side of the highway, according to a preliminary crash report. The driver then overcorrected, police said, and the vehicle rolled over.

Two back-seat passengers were ejected, according to the report.

One passenger, Anthony Joseph Aquilino of Higden, suffered fatal injuries. The driver, 21-year-old Jeffery Cole Galeazzi of Greers Ferry, and two other passengers, 24-old Dylan W. Hooten of Greers Ferry and a female minor whose name was not released, were also hurt, according to the report. No information on the extent of their injuries was listed.

Conditions at the time of the wreck were said to be clear and dry.

At least 217 people have died in traffic crashes in Arkansas so far this year, according to preliminary figures.

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  • Kharma
    June 19, 2017 at 12:53 p.m.

    " ... traveling at a high rate of speed ..."

  • BlueBulldog
    June 19, 2017 at 1:25 p.m.

    Hmmm should of been at home in bed, you play you pay, ain't life a bitch !!!

  • CarpeNoctis
    June 19, 2017 at 5:29 p.m.

    Why in the world would you that!!?? Don't you remember being in your 20's, riding around, impervious to all that life has to offer? Twenty year old's just don't have the driving experience to be negotiating curves at a high rate of speed (unless he started driving at 14 like we did). So sad for the families.

  • TrumpJongDum
    June 19, 2017 at 10:46 p.m.

    "A high rate of speed." is relative. That could mean 25 mph if you are in your 90s. It could mean 225 mph if you're into supercars. The article doesn't give the speed limit in that area nor does it say the car was speeding.

  • LR1955
    June 20, 2017 at 1:07 p.m.

    The key is they hit a deer...and from that point on to the stopping point, they can calculate the vehicle's estimated speed. And the article says a high rate of speed.

  • Packman
    June 20, 2017 at 1:41 p.m.

    The deadliest animal in America isn't a bear or a snake or a bee or Bigfoot. It's a white-tailed deer.

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