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Driver hits, kills man lying in highway

Friday, January 2, 2004

Staff Writer

A Mammoth Spring man was killed Dec. 23 when a motorist ran over him.

Daniel David Waters, 44, died as a result of trauma to his head, thorax and abdomen after he was struck by a 1994 Toyota pickup truck driven by Jeremy D. Lewis, 30, of Mammoth Spring.

Lewis was traveling north on Highway 289, 8.9 miles south of Mammoth Spring, when his truck hit Waters who was lying in the northbound lane, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Upon impact Waters was thrown approximately 76 feet in the northbound lane.

Lewis' vehicle continued north and ran off the east side of the roadway before it stopped in a ditch facing north.

Fulton County Chief Deputy Carrol Traw said Waters had been working on a house north of Saddle before the accident occurred. Residents of the home where he had been working said Waters had been drinking heavily and was intoxicated when he left on foot, the chief said.

Traw said officers did not know if the victim had passed out before the accident.

It was too late by the time Lewis noticed Water's body lying in the middle of the road, Traw said. "It happened so fast."

The accident happened on a straight stretch of the highway, Traw added.

Traw said he thought a light misty rain that night may have been a factor.

Salem Police Chief Albert Roork said the lanes on Highway 289 are narrow with a width of 10 feet.

Waters was pronounced dead at the scene by Sharp County Deputy Coroner Doug Wortham.

The victim's body will be shipped to Bolton Landing, N.Y., where he formerly resided.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene. No charges were filed in the incident.

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