3 killed accidents in Grant, Chicot counties

Three people were killed in two separate accidents in Southeast Arkansas over the weekend.

According to preliminary reports from the Arkansas State Police, Crystal Carter was killed in a two vehicle accident in Grant County Friday night, and John Thyfault and Lois Thyfault died in a one-vehicle accident in Chicot County Saturday.

State Police said Carter, 39, of Sheridan, was southbound on Grant County Road 7 at 8:36 p.m. when she struck another vehicle while attempting to pass. She reportedly lost control of the 2003 Ford F-150 she was driving, left the roadway and overturned several times. Carter was ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at the scene.

Cpl. Ryan Jacks reported that the driver of the other vehicle, Jesse Tillman, 28, of Grapevine, and four passengers in his vehicle were not injured.

In the Chicot County accident, Trooper Derek Byrd reported that John Thyfault, 80, and Lois Thyfault, 78, both of Hot Springs Village, were passengers in a 2003 Oldsmobile driven by Edward Levy, 72, also of Hot Springs Village that was northbound on U.S. 65 at 2:48 p.m. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a concrete divider. The vehicle the went across both northbound lanes, went through a guardrail into a ditch on the east side of the highway, spun around and struck a tree.

The Thyfaults were pronounced dead at the scene by Chicot County Deputy Coroner Keith Donaldson.

Levy and another passenger in his car, Sharon Levy, 61, also of Hot Springs Village, were injured and taken to the McGehee/Desha County Hospital and University Hospital at Little Rock.

The three deaths bring to 26 the number of people who have been killed on the state’s highways so far this year.