Suspect arrested in hit-and-run fatality, police say


A 32-year-old Pine Bluff man was arrested Thursday morning in connection with an accident Oct. 5 that resulted in the death of one man and injuries to another.

Jarrod Hobbs is being held on probable cause of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injury or death, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor traffic violations, Pine Bluff Police Lt. JoAnn Bates said.

Hobbs is accused of leaving the scene of an accident that occurred on West Sixth Avenue and Young Street after striking Jonathan Haney, 20, and Erick Green, 19, who were walking east on West Sixth Avenue at about 11:56 p.m. Oct. 5.

Green and Haney were taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, then Haney was transferred to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center at Little Rock where he died Monday. Green was treated for what were described as “non-life threatening” injuries and released.

Bates said the suspect’s vehicle, a 2002 black GMC Envoy, was recovered when Hobbs was arrested in the 1400 block of Peach Street. The vehicle is being processed by crime scene technicians.

The arrest came after police received information about where the SUV was possibly located and followed up on that information, resulting in Hobbs’ arrest.

The death was the 17th homicide in Jefferson County so far this year, and the 16th inside the Pine Bluff city limits.

Hobbs will be held without bond at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center pending an expected court appearance Friday in Jefferson County District Court.