North Little Rock Man Dies in Jackson County Accident

February 5, 2004 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CDT

NEWPORT, AR - A central Arkansas man died late last night after apparently losing control of his vehicle on a Jackson County roadway.

The one-vehicle accident occured at approximately 10 p.m. on Arkansas 18, one mile east of Newport.  According to a State Police accident report, 48-year-old Roger Merriweather lost control of his 1997 Chevrolet S-10 pickup.  The vehicle overturned and landed upright.  The driver was later pronounced dead at Newport's Harris Hospital.

A passenger in the vehicle, identified as 47-year-old Tersa Long, was injured in the accident.  State Police say seat belts were not in use at the time of the accident.