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Corvette crashes into guard rail, kills driver

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Staff Writer

A Michigan man died Nov. 9 after his 2003 Chevrolet Corvette hit a guard rail on Highway 63, four miles south of Hardy.

Charles F. Davis, 62, and his son were in the area on a hunting trip while visiting relatives in Batesville, according to Sharp County jail administrator Jay English.

Davis was traveling north on the highway when his car crashed into the rail as he was negotiating the curve. His body was ejected from the vehicle, English said.

After his car hit the rail it flipped and went airborne for some distance before tumbling down the embankment.

English said the car disintegrated almost immediately; pieces were scattered all over the highway. Based on the skid marks at the scene, the victim was traveling over the speed limit, he said.

The curve is not hard to negotiate; it's well engineered, English said.

Emergency personnel discovered Davis about 50 yards from the car and about 100 yards down the embankment.

The victim went in and out of consciousness but could not answer any questions at the scene, English said.

Davis died either en route to Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System or shortly after his arrival, English said.

The emergency room doctor found the phone number of Davis' ex-wife in Michigan so he contacted her. She said her son and his father had been visiting relatives in the area.

English said the highway was shut down for a couple of hours while crews attempted to pull the wreckage from the embankment; only the frame was left, English said.

According to the report from the Arkansas State Police, the roads were dry and the weather was clear at the time of the accident.

Those responding to the scene included the Sharp County Sheriff's Office, Hardy Police Department, Williford Fire Department, Arkansas State Police, Hardy and Williford First Responders and Cherokee Village Ambulance Service, English said.



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