Three Sharp County residents died in two traffic accidents over the July 4th holiday period.
Sunday, July 4, 18-year-old Jessica Draper and 20-year-old Randall Shane Cowan of Hardy were killed when their vehicle left Highway 62/412 in Highland at 1:18 a.m.
According to a Highland Police Department report, the Pontiac Sunfire was traveling west on 62/412 when Cowan, who was driving, swerved to miss a deer in the roadway. The vehicle struck the deer, however, and went out of control, traveling into a ditch and overturning several times.
Both victims were ejected from the vehicle. The police report indicates neither victim was wearing a seatbelt.
Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton confirmed to the Villager Journal that Jessica Draper is the granddaughter of Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose.
On Thursday, July 1, at 9:08 p.m., 24-year-old Sierra Kay Goodman of Ash Flat was killed when the motorcycle on which she was riding was rear-ended on Highway 167 at Fairgrounds Road.
According to Arkansas State Police Corporal Creston Hutton, Goodman was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by 30-year-old Robert G Thomas of Ash Flat.
Thomas was stopped, preparing to make a left turn, when a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Dawn Jensen of West Plains, Mo., failed to stop.
Thomas was taken to White River Medical Center in Batesville where he was treated and later released.
The funeral for Sierra Kay Goodman was held on Sunday.
Her step-father is Gene Moore, director of the Sharp County Emergency Management Office.