The police in Cumberland County were called to the scene of a devastating two-car accident in Arkansas. The crash happened near the 314 mile marker of Interstate-40 on Tuesday, September 29th. The report did not give an exact time of when the crash happened.
Rescue crews arrived at the scene and found two cars, both of which had sustained significant damage. 34-year old Jamie Smith, of Waldo, was driving a 2004 Cadillac CTS. For some reason, Smith attempted to merge into the left lane and crashed right into a 2019 Honda Pilot.
The woman driving the Pilot was Deborah Bryant of Cunningham, Tennessee. She was in the car with her presumed husband, Jeffery Bryant. Deborah was just 61-years old. Mr. Bryant was 63.
When the Pilot was hit, it was thrown across the road and crashed into the bridge. Sadly, the impact was so severe, it killed Deborah Bryant on impact. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was taken to the hospital with what were described as very serious injuries.
The driver of the Cadillac – Jamie Smith – was not injured in the crash. The investigation is ongoing but the police stated that they do believe Smith will be charged. We expect an update once the investigation is concluded. There was no mention if impairment played a role in the accident.
There has been no statement yet from the victim’s family. However, given the circumstances, they will likely have a potential claim for damages against Smith and her insurance company. This may include a claim for wrongful death for the passing of Deborah Bryant.
If you or your loved one are hurt in any motor vehicle accident in Arkansas, contact our office right away. You too may have a potential legal claim.