Fatal Crash Victims ID'd

Thursday, September 15, 2016
The vehicle involved in Tuesday's fatal crash on North Johnson Avenue in Piggott.(courtesy photo)

The names of the victims of a mid-morning fatal crash in Piggott on Tuesday have now been released. According to the report by the Piggott Police Department, a 2004 Ford pickup truck was being driven northbhound on North Johnson Avenue at 10:26 a.m. when the crash occurred.

The driver of the vehicle, Kenneth Bradshaw, 51, of Pollard, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the three passengers were all transported with what were believed to be serious injuries.

Lana J. Nelson, 56, of Pollard, was tranported from the scene by the PCH ambulance service to the Piggott Airport and was transferred to an air-evac helicopter. Timothy Sweaney, 47, of Corning, and Timothy S. Catt, 53, of Corning, were both initially transported to Piggott Community Hospital by AMMC ambulance.

The report indicated the truck first sideswiped a tree in a yard on the west side of the street. The vehicle then crossed the intersection at East Orr Street, impacting the culvert in the south side ditch, and struck the second tree head-on.

Reportedly, when authorities arrived on the scene Bradshaw was pinned against the steering wheel and unresponsive. Meanwhile, Sweaney had crawled from the passenger side of the vehicle, while Catt and Nelson were still in the back seat.

In addition to EMTs from PCH and AMMC, the Piggott Fire Department responded with their service/rescue unit and assisted in extracting Nelson from the vehicle. According to the narrative the door had to be removed in order to free the woman from the truck.

Bradshaw was pronounced a short time later by Deputy Coroner Shone Mick.

The report noted Bradshaw has a history of seizures, and is prohibited from driving.

He was also involved in an injury crash on East Main Street in Piggott around mid-day on Monday, Jan. 11, of this year. At the time he told investigators he had a siezure, after the car he was driving went out of control and struck the corner of the building at 195 East Main Street. In that mishap Bradshaw was reportedly uninjured, although a passenger in the car, Ollie Griffin of Pollard, was transported from the scene by air-evac after being trapped in the vehicle for a time.

Tuesday's crash was investigated by Sgt. Jeremi Wicker of the Piggott Police Department, assisted by the Arkansas State Police.

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