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Motorcyclist suffers head injuries in crash

Thursday, April 27, 2006

A motorcyclist suffered serious head injuries in an April 19 wreck on Highway 62/412 near Agnos after striking the side of a turning truck.

Robert Hadley, 35, of Cotter struck a Chevrolet Silverado driven by James Langle, 58, of Ash Flat with his 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle.

According to reports, Langle was westbound on Highway 62/412 and attempted to make a left turn into his driveway when Hadley, who was also westbound, struck the left side of his vehicle.

Hadley was airlifted to Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock due to his injuries.

According to Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger, Hadley suffered a serious head injury and had a 50-percent chance of surviving. Dillinger said a piece of Hadley's skull had to be removed to relieve swelling in his brain. His current condition was unavailable but he is no longer at Baptist Hospital.

Dillinger said Hadley was not wearing a helmet and probably would not have suffered such a serious injury if he had been.

Hadley will be charged with driving on a suspended license, improper passing, no proof of insurance and fictitious vehicle license. Langle was not cited.

A passenger on the motorcycle, Tiffany Hood of Cotter, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Fulton County Hospital where she was treated and released.

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