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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Marvell woman struck by 18-wheeler dies.

  • A 47-year old black female of Marvell was struck and killed early Sunday morning by an 18-wheeler traveling south on Highway 49, one tenth of a mile from Marvell.
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  • A 47-year old black female of Marvell was struck and killed early Sunday morning by an 18-wheeler traveling south on Highway 49, one tenth of a mile from Marvell. Joann Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene. Arkansas State Police reported that they received a call at 2:25 a.m. regarding a possible hit-and-run fatality involving an 18-wheeler traveling south on Highway 49. According to an ASP report, Crawford was attempting to cross Highway 49 in an unlit area. The 18-wheeler reportedly struck her while she was in the southbound lane, knocking her about 200 feet from where she was presumed to be standing. Witnesses reported that the 18-wheeler didn't stop at first apparently unaware that someone had been hit. The Phillips County Sheriff's Department detained the driver while waiting on the state police to arrive. The driver's name has not been released pending additional investigation.

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