Two County Men Die in Separate Crashes

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Scotty Corter

The Arkansas State Police report a Greenway man was killed, and his wife severely injured, in a two vehicle crash which occurred Thursday, Feb. 5, north of Holly Island. According to reports from Trooper Anthony Hill of the ASP, the crash occurred when a northbound van apparently went left of center on Highway 139 and the two vehicles collided.

Reports by Hill indicated the crash occurred around 12:45 p.m. about a mile north of State Highway 90.

According to the ASP, a van, driven by James Edward Roberts, 40, of 431 South Houston in Piggott went left of center while traveling northbound and struck the second vehicle head-on. Killed in the crash was a passenger in the second vehicle, Scotty Dean Corter, 51, of 403 Front Street, Greenway. Also injured was the driver of the Corter vehicle, Laura Marie Corter, 46, of the same address. She was transported from the scene to Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center with what were described as serious injuries.

Corter was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Clay County Deputy Coroner Shonne Mick, and the body was transported to Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott.

The report further indicated Roberts escaped injury in the crash, and noted conditions were clear and the roadway was dry at the time of the fatal mishap.

The complete obituary for Scotty Corter may be found in that section of this website.

Meanwhile, The Arkansas State Police reports a Corning man was killed in a single vehicle crash early Tuesday, Feb. 10, east of Piggott. According to reports from the ASP, Denver Wayne Vannada, 77, of 111 Mark Street in Corning, died when the semi-truck he was driving failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway and overturned.

The crash occurred around 3:50 a.m. on U.S. Highway 1, near the Arkansas-Missouri state line. According to reports from Trooper Anthony Hill, Vannada was driving a 2007 Freightliner and was heading eastbound at the time of the crash. Reports from the scene indicated the truck was loaded with soybeans, the majority of which were spilled in the mishap.

Emergency personnel responded to the crash, and according to the ASP report Vannada was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Jared Lowe. His body was then transported to Hoggard and Son's Funeral Home in Piggott.

The report indicated conditions were clear at the time of the crash, and Vannada was the only occupant of the vehicle.

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