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Police arrest driver involved in hit and run crash

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

8:53 p.m. UPDATE: Jonesboro police have arrested the man wanted for Tuesday morning's hit and run.

According to Paul Holmes, the information specialist for JPD, Richard Smith, 42, is being held pending an interview.

He has not been officially charged yet, but the likely charge is felony leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.


Jonesboro police found the truck involved in a hit and run crash near Craighead Forest Park.

Craighead County Dispatch confirmed that Jonesboro police have the black Dodge truck.

The rollover crash happened Tuesday morning at South Culberhouse and Craighead Forest Road.

Jonesboro Police Officer Josh Wiiest tells Region 8 News a female driver in a black Chevy Tahoe was heading south on Culberhouse while the truck was heading east on Craighead Forest.

The vehicles collided at the intersection.

Region 8 News spoke with the first witness on the scene who said after being hit the Tahoe hit the guardrail.

“The truck came across Culberhouse and hit her in the side and knocked her sideways and she lost control and hit the guardrail and went flipping over and into the ditch,” witness Joshua Barber said.

The truck left the scene, according to Wiiest. 

Two kids were also in the SUV.

Barber said he was shocked no one was seriously injured in the accident.

“The kids has not scratches on them, and the mother had, from what I could tell, a sore neck and a sore leg,” Barber said. "When I saw the Tahoe flipping over the guardrail I just knew someone was seriously injured because I have never seen anything like that and no one injured badly. I mean it was pretty incredible, and they are very lucky."

Barber said after he saw the accident he called 911 and quickly went to check on those in the Tahoe.

“I called 911 around 7:15 this morning and I had pulled over and jumped the guardrail and ran down to her,” Barber said.

Barber said the kids in the car were calm, and the mother was worried, but not seriously injured like Barber expected.

“I went over and checked on the kids, they were not even crying; it was amazing," Barber said. "I mean they were ready to get out of the car, but they weren’t crying. She was obviously worried about her kids. She did seem to be doing okay at the time as far as she could be."

All three in the Tahoe were transported to St. Bernards with unknown injuries.

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