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Three Teens Die in One-Vehicle Accident in Poinsett County

APRIL 18, 2005 - Posted at 7:35 a.m. CDT

 

WALDENBURG, AR - Arkansas State Police say three central Arkansas teenagers died early yesterday morning in Poinsett County when the SUV they were riding in crashed into a ditch.

Authorities say the crash killed 19-year-old Byron Tolbert and 19-year-old Korey Thomas, both from North Little Rock, and 18-year-old Matthew Mitchell of Sherwood.  The crash occured on Highway 49 just south of Weiner.

According to police reports, Thomas was driving the vehicle and lost control.  The SUV went into a ditch and flew 300 feet and then hit a tree.  Poinsett County coroner Mark Davis pronounced Thomas and Mitchell dead at the scene.  Tolbert was airlifted to St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, where he also was pronounced dead.

Police reports said the three teenagers were not wearing seatbelts.

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