Just four days after his 45th birthday, Larry Downs of Mammoth Spring was killed due to injuries sustained in an auto accident Nov. 19. Officer Doyle Odom from the West Plains Police Department responded to the scene at the new intersection that opened Tuesday in West Plains at Highway 63 and Highway 160.
Dennis Hurst, 39, of Mammoth Spring, and three passengers, including Downs, were traveling north on Highway 63 in a 1997 Ford Taurus. Hurst attempted to make a left turn onto Highway 160 and crossed into the path of a 1986 Kenworth tractor trailer driven by Freddie G. Tharp of West Plains who was traveling south on Highway 63.Hurst and two of his passengers, Michael Jewell, 37, of Thayer and John Altenhoff, 39, of West Plains were transported to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.Altenhoff was transferred by Air-Evac to St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Jewell is listed in serious condition, and Hurst was treated and released, according to a spokeswoman from Ozarks Medical Center.Hurst is being charged with failure to yield the right-of-way and no proof of insurance. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 10.
Officer Mike Wade of the West Plains Police Department said he is awaiting further tests from the Highway Patrol Laboratory which could result in additional charges.It was a combination of slick roads and taking a curve too fast that resulted in an accident on the morning of Nov. 19 on Highway 395 in Fulton County. According to Arkansas State Police Trooper Dale Moad, those factors landed a 1998 Dodge pickup truck, driven by Marla A. Long, age 34, in a ditch.According to Moad, Long and passenger Ryne Long were traveling on Highway 395 north when she lost control on a curve. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene, but there were no injuries to the driver or the passenger.