Bicyclist Killed In Fort Smith Accident Identified

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) –  A bicyclist who was killed after being hit by a vehicle in Fort Smith on Saturday has been identified.

Police said the incident happened on Saturday (Nov. 8) around 6:00 p.m. on the 3500 block of Grand Avenue between North 34th and 35th Streets.

The bicyclist has been identified as 62-year-old Vivian Barton of Fort Smith, according to police.

Police said Barton was pushing her bicycle in the inside lane of Grand Avenue going west, while in the roadway she was hit by a vehicle also going west in the same lame.

Sgt. Don Cobb with the Fort Smith Police Department said the victim was thrown for a short distance after he was struck by the vehicle, adding, “EMTs and fire personnel arrived to administer aid at which point they found that the aid was not going to be of any use.”

Barton was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, and there was no reflective gear on her bicycle, police said.

Police have not issued any citations to the driver at fault, who has been identified as 57-year-old Diana Sisk of Fort Smith.

“The individual that struck the person was by all accounts just driving down the road not violating any laws or anything,” Cobb said.


  • Sad

    There is always people walking in the middle of the road on Grand, especially down by Darby. I don’t know what it is about people around that area who think they own the road.

  • REALLY????

    “Police have not issued any citations to the driver at fault.” How would the driver be at fault in this case? If he was at fault, wouldn’t that constitute a reason to write a citation. Once again, great writing 5 “News”. My condolences to the people involved and the families affected by this.

  • bobreal

    My brother has a license to drive a vehicle but likes riding a bike.. He packed up an moved riding a bike and didn’t tell anyone where he moved to… Wish the News Media would tell Us the Victims’ Name..

  • roberto

    One of the biggest issues that I have observed is that people that ride bikes here in Arkansas seem to think it is okay to ride against traffic. This is a big problem because the vehicles have no where to go and simply slowing down is not an option. I am not saying that was the case in this incident, but it may have been a possibility. Not having reflective gear or lights is certainly an issue in the dark.

    • really

      Too fast for conditions????
      You’re a joke.
      Pushing a bike in the inside lane with no reflective gear on the bike is pretty much looking for a disaster to happen.

  • jody

    Does anyone edit this stuff? The victim is described as having both genders. The author of this article had ONE job to do. Good grief get it right.

  • Valeria Sanchez

    Poor of the victim, the person driving should watch their way first they got to stop if they see someone passing through.
    They should go on the speed limited that they should be on.😞😔😢😲

  • Abram

    First of all who wrote this article?? Like seriously, is your grammar that poor that you didn’t think to proof read it before posting. The victim is female, NOT male and not only that, but it seems as though its just not a big deal she was hit. Im sorry but all bikes have reflective gear on them that come standard. Rear reflectors as well as pedal reflectors. Sounds like this Diana lady doesn’t want to get in trouble for not sharing the road if you ask me. God be with the new souls constantly departin.

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