Car Wreck Damages Utility Pole

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Fort Smith police are investigating a car wreck that damaged a utility pole on North Albert Pike Avenue.

A police report said the vehicle, a 2000 white Cadillac DeVille ran off the road at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday and struck a pedestrian crosswalk sign and a utility pole, causing about $5,200 of damage. No one saw the accident, but a witness told police he saw two people, including a tall black man with a muscular build, standing near the vehicle after the crash.

A follow-up report said an officer received a stolen car call from the same address as the registered owner of the wrecked DeVille. The officer said the sister of the registered owner, during their conversation and the officer’s description of the accident, said the car may have been used by her son, Derek Wright.

Derek Wright’s cell phone was found in the car at the accident site, the report said.

The report said the officer met later Sunday afternoon with Derek Wright, who denied being in the accident. He told the officer he and his girlfriend had gone to a party Saturday night and had gotten a ride to his residence, the report said.

The report said the girlfriend, Victoria Howard, drove them to her house at approximately 4:30 a.m. and they did not leave after that, the report said. The report said Wright said someone else at Howard’s residence must have taken the car and his phone, which he told the officer he had been looking for the previous night.

The report said the officer asked Wright to remove his shirt and the officer noticed an abrasion on the front of his left shoulder. The report said Wright matched the witness description of a tall, muscular black man standing next to the car after the accident.