OGDEN, Ark. – A devastating accident on U.S. Highway 71 in Little River County has claimed the lives of three individuals, including a passing motorist who was assisting the stranded driver. The incident occurred at approximately 4:32 p.m.
The deceased has been identified as Christopher Robinson, a 34-year-old resident of New Boston, Texas.
According to authorities, Christopher Robinson had pulled over his 2017 transit van on the shoulder of Highway 71 to help a stranded motorist with a flat tire. As Robinson walked around the rear of his vehicle, he was struck by a 2023 Toyota Tundra traveling southbound on Highway 71. Carrie Flynn and John Hucke were passengers in the Toyota at the time of the accident.
Emergency services were immediately dispatched to the scene, but Robinson’s injuries proved fatal, and he was pronounced dead upon their arrival.
The driver of the Toyota, Matthew West, a 34-year-old resident of Shreveport, sustained injuries in the collision. He was transported to CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana for medical treatment. The extent and severity of his injuries have not been disclosed. Carrie Flynn, 61, and John Hucke, 65, both from Shreveport, Louisiana, were also killed in the crash.
The Arkansas State Police are investigating the crash. No further information was immediately available.
I extend my condolences to the surviving family of the deceased. This was clearly a crash that never should have happened, and Mr. Robinson is clearly a victim of the Toyota driver’s negligence.
While the driver’s actions are inexcusable, it is important to recognize that there may be other parties at fault. The cause of the initial tire failure will need to be determined. If the tire had not failed, Mr. Robinson would never have been on the side of the road and put in harm’s way.
If the tire failed because it was defective or because a repair or installation company did not do its job correctly, they may be responsible for creating a dangerous situation that resulted in the death of an innocent man. The accident will need to be investigated to ensure the surviving family receives answers.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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