Vehicle accidents happen frequently and can lead to severe injuries or even death. While there are laws in place to protect motorists, these laws are not always obeyed.
In Arkansas, there were numerous collisions on the roadways during the month of June. Due to the high number of wrecks, our team of Arkansas car accident lawyers has created a vehicle accident report that highlights some of the recent collisions.
With this report, we hope to raise awareness about the severity of auto accidents and encourage drivers to use safety at all times behind the wheel. However, we understand that automobile accidents can still happen.
If you or a loved one was injured due to the reckless behavior of another driver, you have legal options. At Niblock Law Firm, we have years of experience handling this type of case. From our attention to detail to our extensive investigations, we know what it takes to build strong cases on behalf of our clients. To learn more about your legal rights, call our law firm.
1 Killed, 4 Injured on U.S. 71
Christopher Ryan Pina, 23-years-old, was driving a 2009 Nissan Altima on U.S. 71 when he crashed. There was heavy rain at the time of the accident that caused Pina to lose control of his vehicle and cross the centerline.
Pina’s Altima was then hit by Steven Albert Shelton, 37-years-old, as his vehicle entered the northbound lane. Shelton was driving a 1993 Jayco Eagle RV.
Shelton did suffer injuries along with three of his passengers, April Dawn Shelton, 32-years-old, and their two children. Pina died as a result of the accident.
Accident Involving an 18-Wheeler Kills 1
Ronald Ackerman, 74-years-old, died after his vehicle struck an 18-wheeler. Ackerman was driving a 2014 Toyota Camry on Arkansas 5 close to Riverside Grocery and Catering in Benton.
The Saline Courier reported, “The driver of the big rig was negotiating a curve when his trailer traveled into the opposing lane and into coming traffic. The left rear of the trailer was struck by Ackerman’s vehicle, which also caused a third vehicle to become involved.”
Ackerman died at the scene. Two men, George Schulga, 65-years-old, and Andre Schulga, 63-years-old, were injured and transported to the hospital.
4 People Died in Vehicle Crashes Over the Same Weekend
Four separate accidents occurred over the same weekend, leaving four people dead.
On June 15, 2019, Cory Ceburn Collins was traveling on County Route 33 in a Chevy when he failed to stop at State Highway 16. The weather was clear when the wreck occurred. Collins died as a result of the crash.
On June 16, 2019, Vickery Dale Mcilovy, 61-years-old, of Williford was traveling in a GMC Sonoma heading south on U.S. Highway 63 when he crashed. Mcilovy tried to avoid two deer in the road. According to ABC 7, “Mcilovy’s vehicle struck one deer, left the road on the west side, traveled up to an embankment, and struck some small trees.”
He died at the scene of the accident. Passenger, Ashley N. Lee, 31-years-old, was transported to a hospital with injuries.
Another accident on June 16, 2019, involved Derrick V. Lewis, 35-years-old. Lewis was driving a Polaris 4-wheeler west on Johnson Street when he tried to make a right turn onto North 8th Street and lost control. He was thrown off the 4-wheeler and died as a result of the crash.
The last accident occurred on the same day and involved a Honda ATV. William C. Childers, 37-years-old, was traveling in the Honda heading south on Cordell Road when he attempted to make a curve and hit a large pothole, causing the car to overturn. Childers and his passenger were thrown out of the Honda.
Childers died at the scene and his passenger, Ashley Harris of Benton, 37-years-old, was taken to the hospital with injuries.
Call Niblock Law Firm After Your Accident
At Niblock Law Firm, we understand the devastation the family members of those killed or injured in these accidents have experienced. Our Arkansas car accident lawyers express our deepest condolences to everyone affected.
While this accident report is intended to inform residents about recent accidents in the community, we hope it also makes motorists more aware of the importance of safety while driving. Safe driving practices can help reduce the number of tragic accidents.