Man faces manslaughter charge in crash on Harrisburg Road

One killed, four injured in crash; driver also arrested on drug, fleeing charges

Man faces manslaughter charge in crash on Harrisburg Road

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Cross County man is facing eight felonies in connection with a crash last week that killed one person and injured four others including himself.

Devonte J. Stanback, 28, of Wynne appeared in court Wednesday for a probable cause hearing in the case.

Authorities said the fatal crash happened Jan. 1 in the 3800 block of Harrisburg Road near Central Baptist Church.

According to an Arkansas State Police preliminary fatal crash summary, Julianna Valle, 21, of Farmington was killed in the crash. Stanback, Darian Nauden, 24, of Conway and two minors were also injured.

ASP said Valle was a passenger in the 2020 Toyota Highlander going north on Harrisburg Road around 8:15 p.m. Friday when the crash happened. Stanback was the driver, while Nauden and the two minors were also passengers.

The vehicle left the east side of the road, traveled up a ditch embankment, struck a utility pole and a brick fence before going airborne, ASP said.

The Highlander then collided with an apartment complex and went into a nearby yard.

The investigation was done by the Arkansas State Police.

According to authorities Friday evening, Brookland police were in pursuit of a vehicle that drove into Jonesboro when the crash happened.

Arkansas State Police Public Information Officer Bill Sadler said Saturday that Stanback had failed to stop for a Brookland police officer in pursuit.

A probable cause affidavit released Wednesday noted that an officer had tried to pull over the vehicle after seeing it go through a red light at the School Street/U.S. 49 intersection.

The pursuit went through Jonesboro and a witness told police they saw a bag, with four pounds of marijuana, was thrown from the vehicle at Aggie and Red Wolf. The bag was recovered by police.

According to an online booking jail roster with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, Stanback was booked into the jail at 2:18 a.m. Saturday.

Devonte Jaquinn Stanback, 28, Wynne Possession of schedule VI with purpose to deliver-felony (1/2)
Devonte Jaquinn Stanback, 28, Wynne Possession of schedule VI with purpose to deliver-felony (1/2) (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

Stanback was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, battery-2nd degree (certain victims under 12 years of age), battery-2nd degree, two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor-1st degree, possession of schedule VI with intent to deliver, tampering with physical evidence, fleeing and failure to obey traffic control devices.

Jonesboro police originally said two people were killed in the crash and three others were injured, but later updated their statement on the number of deaths.

Jonesboro police also originally said a person was airlifted to a hospital due to the crash, but later said that no one was airlifted to the hospital.

Updated at 9:33 p.m: JPD confirmes that only one fatality has occurred at this time and 4 people suffered injuries on...

Posted by Jonesboro Police Department on Friday, January 1, 2021

The people who were injured were taken to an area hospital, ASP said.

Craighead County deputies, Jonesboro police and Jonesboro firefighters also responded to the scene.

A $100,000 cash only bond was set for Stanback, who will be arraigned Feb. 26 in circuit court.

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