Police release name of child accident victim

Pine Bluff police have released the identity of a 3-year-old who was struck by a car on the city’s east side Tuesday morning.

Deon Thomas of Pine Bluff was listed as having an incapacitating injury on the police report, but her injuries were described by a police spokesman as non-life threatening later that day. On Thursday, the police spokesman did not have updated information on the child’s status.

The driver — Lewis Hunt, 81, of Pine Bluff — was not issued any citations as a result of the accident, according to the police report.

Hunt was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on Belle Meade Drive at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday when he made a southbond turn onto West Belair Drive. As Hunt was completing the turn, Deon crossed the street from the southeast corner of the intersection, according to the police report.

Deon was struck by the truck and knocked to the ground. Hunt said to police that he never saw the child, but heard a noise, saw the child in his rearview mirror and stopped the vehicle.

A witness told police that the child was attempting to cross the street to join a family member who was playing in a nearby playground. They tried to stop Deon but could not do so in time to prevent her from being struck by the car, according to the police report.

Pine Bluff Police Department spokesman Lt. JoAnn Bates said Tuesday the child was transfered to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock for treatment.