One man is dead and another is facing charges after a motorcycle accident in Fort Smith Sunday.
It happened around 8 p.m. near the intersection of 12th Street and Grand Avenue.
Police say Gilberto Carreon, 34, was driving a Ford Minivan west on Grand when he attempted to make a left turn onto North 12th and hit a motorcyclist.
The man was identified as Rodney S. Wood, 61, of Fort Smith. He was thrown from the motorcycle. “I heard a loud noise and came outside of my house and saw a boot in the road, and then I saw a body,” said Deborah Cole, an eyewitness.
Cole gave Wood CPR until an ambulance arrived. “First he was responsive and he said one word ‘hit,’” she said.
First responders attempted to revive Wood. He was later pronounced dead at Sparks Hospital. Police say Wood was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Carreon parked his damaged vehicle near the Point Convenience Store on Grand and attempted to walk away from the accident, according to investigators. But the extensive damage to his van and witnesses stopped him. “Someone came out of the store and said ‘hey, wait. You need to stay a minute,’” said Cole.
Police say due to a potential flight risk, Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue has charged Carreon with Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident. He was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. He was also arrested for not having a driver’s license.
Shue’s office will review the cast to determine if additional charges will be filed.
Fort Smith Police say alcohol was not believed to be a factor, but because there was a death in the accident, blood samples were taken from the driver. “He apparently was either in shock from the wreck or inebriated in some way because he was tottering kind of,” said Cole.