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Little Rock bicyclist killed in wrong-way hit-and-run, state police say

by Jillian Kremer | October 10, 2018 at 11:53 a.m.

A 51-year-old bicyclist died after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run early Monday in Little Rock, authorities said.

The crash happened shortly after 2:45 a.m. near the intersection of 57th and Hopson streets.

According to a preliminary report, John Edward Pilcher of Little Rock was riding west in the eastbound lane of 57th when he was hit by a vehicle that was also headed west in the road's eastbound lane.

The vehicle then continued west, state police said. A description of the vehicle was not listed in the report.

The report states that the weather was clear and the road was dry at the time of the collision.

The deadly crash was one of two reported on Arkansas roads in less than 48 hours.

On Tuesday evening, a one-vehicle crash left a 69-year-old woman dead and four others hurt in Polk County.

According to a separate report, a 2005 Chevrolet was headed south on U.S. 71 near Potter when its driver, 31-year-old Jesus Meza of Grannis, lost control in a curve shortly after 5 p.m. The vehicle traveled off the road and struck a fence and a tree, authorities said.

A passenger in the Chevrolet, 69-year-old Maria Guadalupe Zarate of Grannis, suffered fatal injuries. Meza and three other passengers — 29-year-old Victor Zarate and 37-year-old Jhanell Marlette Wilson, both of Grannis; and an unidentified minor — were listed as hurt.

It was raining at the time of the wreck, the report states.

This week, state police also released information about two earlier crashes that left four people dead:

• On Sept. 30, 43-year-old John Gentry of Steens, Miss.; 44-year-old Jason Braddock of Bryant; and 33-year-old Grady Mordecai of Columbus, Miss.; were killed when Gentry lost control of the pickup they were in and the truck overturned on U.S. 62 in Mountain Home.

• On Aug. 28, 56-year-old Brenda Allbright of Harrison died, a day after a wreck on Harrison's Wilson Avenue in which she was ejected from her 2016 Honda after the vehicle hit a pole.

At least 384 people have died in wrecks on Arkansas roads so far this year, according to preliminary figures.


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