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Teen, elderly man die in two wrecks

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Staff Writer

An automobile accident Aug. 10 west of Calico Rock claimed the life of an Izard County teen-ager.

Tanya Dunkle, 17, of Calico Rock was killed when the 1991 Pontiac Lemans in which she was a passenger ran into a tree.

According to the Izard County Sheriff's Office, Arthur B. Tunnicliff, 19, Dunkle and Alyssia Kirby, 18, were eastbound on Highway 5 at 1:45 a.m. when Tunnicliff lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road on the west side.

The vehicle struck a tree on the front passenger side where Dunkle was sitting. First responders on the scene said Dunkle was sitting outside the car, next to the passenger side door when they arrived.

Dunkle was pronounced dead at the scene by Izard County Coroner Eddie Howard. A preliminary autopsy report revealed that Dunkle died from massive head trauma.

Tunnicliff was taken the Medical Center of Izard County in Calico Rock where he was treated and released.

Kirby, of Dolph, was transported to Baxter Regional Hospital in Mountain Home. Her condition was unknown at press time.

Officials at the Izard County Sheriff's Office said they're still investigating the cause of the wreck. Weather was not a factor.

A wreck on Boswell Road Aug. 16 claimed the life of an elderly Conway man.

Ralph M. Philbrook, 72, was traveling north two miles from Calico Rock in a 1994 Dodge Caravan with his grandsons Daniel Davis, 8, and Drew Davis, 4, when he lost control of his van going around a curve.

According to the Izard County Sheriff's Department, Philbrook crashed his vehicle into a concrete pillar, attached to a railroad trestle. Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz said Philbrook was removed from the vehicle by emergency personnel and transported to the Calico Rock Medical Center where he was declared dead. Daniel and Drew Davis were transported to the Calico Rock Medical Center were they were treated and released.

Martz said weather wasn't a factor in the crash and it is still under investigation.

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