The police in Benton County were called to the scene of what would prove to be a fatal head-on collision this week. On Tuesday, September 29, a call came in with a report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 71. Rescue crews were dispatched to the scene immediately.
A man driving his vehicle in the Southbound lanes of the highway near the 2000 block of South 8th street lost control of his car. The police still have no idea what could have caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle.
When he lost control, the driver – 28-year old Jose Almanza-Anaya – crossed the center line. He ended up driving into oncoming traffic. Shortly thereafter, his car crashed into the front of a semi-truck.
The vehicle was no match for the tractor-trailer. By the time the police arrived at the scene, it was clear that the victim had sustained life-threatening injuries. He was transported to the local hospital. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries after arrival and was pronounced dead. His body is currently being held at the Benton County Coroner’s Office.
The authorities are still investigating the crash. Thankfully, there were no other passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident. The name of the tractor-trailer driver was not released. Nor was the name of the company he worked for. Per the report, the truck driver did not sustain any major injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. The police have not indicated if they think alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. However, in cases like this, they often run toxicology reports just in case.
If the family learns that there was something wrong with the victim’s car, or if someone else caused the crash, they may have a potential claim for damages.
If you or your loved one are hurt in a crash in Arkansas, contact our office immediately.