July 17, 2013 Edition

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Accident leads to fatality

A one-vehicle accident on Highway 91 in Walnut Ridge resulted in the death of a Walnut Ridge man, according to WRPD Chief Richy Thatcher.

The accident occurred when a 1994 Dodge pickup, driven southbound by Zachary Harper, 23, went out of control and overturned. Harper, who was ejected from the vehicle, was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital then airlifted to UAMS in Little Rock but later died from his injuries.

A passenger, Casandra Collins Harper, 19, was seriously injured in the accident and was flown to Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Another passenger, Zayn Harper, three, who was in a child-safety seat was not injured. Thatcher said he was taken to LMH to be examined as a precaution.

WRPD Detective Daniel Hill also responded to the scene, along with Philip Roark of the Arkansas State Police, members of the Walnut Ridge Fire Department and AET Ambulance Service.

A visitation was held Tuesday evening for Zachary Harper. Due to the serious condition of his wife, a memorial service will be held at a later date. A full obituary can be found on page 3A of this week's edition.

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