Motorcycle runs into side of UPS truck
A 14-year-old Highland student died May 25 at a Memphis hospital after striking a UPS truck while riding a motorcycle in Hardy May 24.
Adam French of Hardy was driving a 2004 Honda motorcycle, registered to John and Terri French, east on West 4th Street when he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with North Spring Street, Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose said. The motorcycle struck the left side of a 2007 freight truck traveling north on North Spring Street, he said. The truck, driven by Mitchell Baltz, 51, of Powhatan, is registered to UPS of Pocahontas, he said.
"It appears to this investigator that vehicle two (French's motorcycle) attempted to stop and leaned the motorcycle to the left trying to avoid a collision, leaving skid marks and gouge marks in both roadways before being ejected, striking the left side of vehicle one (Baltz's truck)," Rose said.
Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service transported French to the Hardy truck route to meet an Air Evac helicopter. He was then flown to LeBohner Children's Hospital in Memphis where he died.
French was not wearing a helmet, Rose said. Baltz's seatbelt was in use, and he was not injured in the wreck, he said.
Funeral services for Adam Lane French were held May 30 at the Highland High School gymnasium with Nathan Hubbard and Johnny Carter officiating.
He was born March 19, 1993, in Jonesboro, Ark. He attended Highland High School and had just completed the 8th grade. He was a member of the Highland Junior High Football team and played summer baseball for the Highland Summer League baseball program.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball, football, riding his motorcycles and playing with his dog -- his best buddy -- Woody.
Survivors include: his parents, John and Terri French; one sister, Morgan Brittani French of the family home; maternal grandparents, Danny and Donna Cruse of Hardy; paternal grandparents, Kenny and Peggy French of Hardy; great-grandmother, Allie McBride of Ash Flat; great-grandparents, Don and Sybil McBride of Aurora, Mo.; great-grandfather, Kenneth French of Agnos; great-grandfather, Don Hancock of Rock Falls, Ill.; uncle and aunts, Jeff and Tricia Jordan of Hardy, Mike French of Hardy, Paul and Amanda French of Hardy, Donnie and Jake French of Hardy, Curren French of Hardy, and Chrsyln Rodriques and Joshua Miller of Hardy.
He was preceded in death by: his maternal great-grandparents, Paul and Opal Cruse of Williford; paternal great-grandmother, Betty Hancock of Rock Falls, Ill.; paternal great-grandmother, Ruth French of Agnos; paternal great-great-grandparents, Les and Alpha French of Hardy; and a maternal great-great-aunt, Bonnie Davis of Hardy.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Highland Junior High football program or to the Highland Summer League Baseball program.