When people think of Arkansas, they don’t really think of major rain storms. It’s just south enough that it manages to escape a lot of the terrible winter weather that our friends up north have to deal with this time of year. Unfortunately, some heavy rains fell this past week in Arkansas, causing at least three fatal crashes. One of them occurred on Arkansas Route 51 at about 6:20 p.m. 2 people were killed in a fiery crash after 55-year old Donald Ray Richardson lost control of his car on the slick road and ended up crossing the center line.
Richardson crashed into 50-year old Christy Renee Shuffield of Arkadelphia. She was driving her Ford Explorer at the time of the crash. When Richardson crashed into Shuffield, his car caught on fire and proceeded to burn with the driver inside the car.
Rescue crews showed up as soon as possible. They were quite busy as there were at least 2 other fatal crashes on Arkansas’ highways on Thursday. Unfortunately, both drivers were killed in the crash and pronounced dead on the scene.
Both drivers also had minors riding in the cars with them. Neither of the young passengers were killed in the accident. However, no update has been provided on their status. There has also been no comment from the families of either victim.
In cases like this, there is always the chance that one of the victim’s family may have a claim for wrongful death. We wouldn’t be surprised if that happened in this case, especially since Richardson is the one who crossed the center line.
If you or your loved one are injured in any sort of motor vehicle crash, call our office. Our experienced auto accident lawyers can review your case and answer any questions you may have.