Father Arrested, Sons in Hospital After Crash
Two children are injured and their father arrested after a head-on collision Sunday in Crawford County.
Jerry Hallman, 36, of Van Buren faces a charge of driving while intoxicated by drugs after the accident on Highway 59 north near Cedarville.
Hallman was negotiating a curve in a Hyundai passenger car when he crossed the center line and struck an oncoming GMC Yukon, according to the Arkansas State Police.
Eighteen-year-old Taylor Stokes was in the SUV Hallman hit.
“Noticed a vehicle merging into my lane and kind of tried to go off into the ditch to avoid him, and about that time, I got struck,” said Taylor.
Stokes says his Yukon flipped several times before he was able to get out of the SUV. He only received a cut on his elbow, but could hear two little boys screaming for help.
“The littlest one was hurt pretty bad, and I just picked him up, tried to help, and do whatever I could,” said Stokes.
Meanwhile, he says Hallman was on the phone, but not calling police.
“The father of that vehicle wasn’t concerned at all,” said Stokes. “He was just trying to get himself out of trouble.”
Hallman refused treatment at the scene, but his 6-year-old son was taken by helicopter with serious injuries to the children’s hospital in Tulsa, Okla., police said.
“Lost all of his front teeth out here, it looked like, and just bloody bad,” said Stokes.
The 10-year-old boy was taken by ambulance to Mercy hospital in Fort Smith. The accident happened at 3:10 p.m. Police say they believe the six-year-old was not wearing a seat belt.
“I checked on the one that was med-flighted last night and as of last night, he was doing ok,” said Trooper Chase Melder with Arkansas State Police.
Hallman is also charged with endangering the welfare of minors and driving without a seat belt.