Three people were killed in separate crashes over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Arkansas, authorities said.
David F. Vanderslice, 48, of Mt. Vernon was driving a 2019 Chevrolet Cruze south at 516 Arkansas 107 North in Faulkner County when his vehicle exited the road to the right just before 4 p.m., according to a preliminary report from state police.
The Chevrolet overturned before striking a fence and coming to a rest on its roof, killing the driver, troopers said.
In rural Craighead County, a separate wreck killed a Manila man and injured two people, according to troopers.
A 2019 Dodge Ram was traveling west on Arkansas 18, west of Arkansas 135, when the crash happened shortly before 7 p.m., a separate preliminary report states.
Troopers said the vehicle crossed through the center turn lane and struck an eastbound 2008 Chevrolet Silverado.
The driver of the Silverado, 53-year-old Bobby Benson Towery of Manila, was killed as a result of the crash, the report states.
The driver of the Dodge, who was a 36-year-old Brookland man, as well as a 40-year-old Paragould woman who was a passenger in the Silverado, were injured, according to the report.
Troopers described conditions at the time of both crashes as cloudy and wet.
On New Year’s Eve, a Yellville man died following a crash in Marion County, deputies said.
Robert L. Warren, 37, was driving a 1985 Kawasaki west on Marion County 6001 at about 7:45 a.m., according to a preliminary incident report from the Marion County sheriff’s office.
While following a curve, the vehicle left the road, striking a rock embankment and killing Warren, deputies said.
Deputies described the conditions at the time of the crash as clear and wet.
At least two people have died as a result of crashes on Arkansas roads so far this year, while at least 648 people died as a result of wrecks on roads in the state in 2021, according to preliminary figures.