Camden man killed in Sunday accident

A 61-year-old Camden man was killed Sunday afternoon after a chain reaction accident on Interstate 530 at the 45-mile marker.

Henry Lee Jones was the victim, Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:15 p.m. and the body was sent Monday to the State Medical Examiner’s Office at Little Rock for an autopsy, Kelley said.

State Police Lt. David Sims said Jones and several other people were riding motorcycles northbound on the interstate in the right lane when a car that was traveling in the left lane swerved into the right lane. Jones, who was on the lead motorcycle, swerved to avoid hitting the vehicle and lost control of his motorcycle, resulting in it going down on the roadway.

A second motorcycle struck the rear of the car, while a third swerved to avoid that collision, losing control and hitting Jones, according to a preliminary report from the state police.

The report indicated that Jeffery D. Herndon, 57, and Jerrold R. Hegwood, 57, both of Camden and who were also riding motorcycles, were injured and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the car, Pamla F. Davis of Pine Bluff, was not injured.

Trooper Dustin Thompson, who worked the accident, said the weather was clear and the roadway dry when the accident was reported at 5:46 p.m.

Sims said that no citations have been issued and the investigation is continuing into the accident.

“Once we get the report finished, we will get with the prosecutor and discuss what appropriate charges should be,” Sims said.