Police Think Crash Victims May Have Been High On Compressed Air

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The huffing of compressed air may have caused the Fayetteville rollover crash that killed a former Springdale baseball player earlier this month, police say.

Officers discovered two cans of Ultra Duster compressed air at the scene of the fatal crash Jan. 14, according to a vehicle collision report.

Witness statements led police to believe “shenanigans” had occurred in the vehicle around the time of the wreck, said Sgt. Craig Stout with the Fayetteville Police Department. Authorities are waiting on lab tests to determine if driver Kenneth Sizemore, 20, had any intoxicants in his system.

Stout said the driver and passengers may have ingested the compressed air.

Sizemore was traveling east of Wedington Drive in his vehicle when he said he hit a patch of ice and lost control of the car. The vehicle struck the curb and rolled several times, throwing Zachary Hagan, 20, from the vehicle. Hagan was later pronounced dead, the collision report states.

Hagan, who the report states was not wearing a seat belt, was a former baseball player for Springdale High School.

Police said they were unable to locate any patches of ice in that spot of the road.

The collision report lists “careless prohibited driving” as a contributing factor to the crash.

Sizemore and Griffith Smith, another 20-year-old passenger, were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police are waiting on the lab tests for intoxicants to decide whether to cite or arrest anyone in the wreck, Stout said.

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