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County sees two traffic fatalities

Arkansas State Police preliminary reports list two traffic fatalities in Lonoke County during the past week.

An Arkansas State Police crash summary reports show that Rickey D. McKinney, 51, of Lonoke, died of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident near Carlisle on Sunday.

The summary notes that the accident occurred at about 7:50 p.m., on Arkansas Highway 381, about nine miles south of U.S. Highway 70.

McKinney, driving a 2004 Ford, was northbound on Arkansas Highway 381, about nine miles south of U.S. Highway 70. The vehicle went off the roadway on the west side and flipped.

McKinney was transported to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) but later died of injuries.

The road conditions were described as clear and dry.

In a second accident, Dusty Ray Abshure, 26, Austin died when the motorcycle he was operating struck a tree. The accident occurred June 5, at about 3:50 p.m.

Natasha M. Riddle, 32, of Beebe, who was a passenger, was injured.

The summary notes that Abshure was operating a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle, traveling south on New Country Road, near Evergreen Street. The motorcycle crossed the road center line, ran off the road and then struck a tree.

Lonoke County deputy coroner Mike Calvert pronounced Abshure dead at the scene.

Road conditions were described as clear and dry.

Riddle was taken to Baptist Medical Center at Little Rock.

Arkansas State Police fatal crash summaries contain initial findings by an investigating law enforcement officer and are not results of a formal accident investigation. Information presented in a summary might not be reflected in the final report.

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