Thirty-seven-year-old Janice Howell was killed on Tuesday night when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was involved in a head-on collision with a pickup truck.
Arkansas State Police said the accident took place on Highway 367 near Lakeshore Drive in Searcy around 9:04 p.m.
Howell was a resident of Bald Knob in White County.
Police say 34-year-old Heather M. Holland of Bradford was heading south when her Chevy Silverado drifted into the northbound lane and smashed into the front of a Ford Fusion. That vehicle was driven by 88-year-old Ruth A. Vaughn of West Point.
Holland, Vaughn, and two children who were in Holland’s vehicle received injuries. They were taken to Unity Health Hospital for treatment.
Vaughn’s passenger, Howell, was killed.
Police say the weather was clear and the road was dry at the time of the accident.
Head-on collisions tend to be deadly because of the amount of force they create. They are rare. Still, even though head-on accidents account for only two percent of crashes, they are responsible for more than ten percent of deaths.
Meanwhile, in 2018, there were 447 fatal vehicle accidents on Arkansas’ roads. These led to 492 deaths.
This was the second-lowest number of fatal car crashes in the state since 2010. The lowest total was recorded in 2014 when there were 435 fatal car accidents.
Sixty-three of the fatal crashes occurred on interstates. Interstate 40 proved to be most dangerous, accounting for 40 accidents. Twenty-four deadly wrecks occurred on Interstate 40 that connects Memphis to Oklahoma.
Highway 167 was the most dangerous highway, with 16 car accidents occurring there.
If you suffered injuries in a crash or you lost a close family member, you may be entitled to compensation. A car accident lawyer in Arkansas can help you.