Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident in Springdale | News
Police are investigating a deadly motorcycle accident east of Springdale.
The accident happened near the intersection of Sonora Rd. and Highway 412 E. just before 6 p.m. Thursday. It appears a motorcycle and a white truck collided.
Police say the driver was heading to a church potluck when he hit Mark McClure on his motorcycle. Family members say McClure lives right up the road, and had just left his house.
It was an emotional scene this evening on Highway 412, where 41 year old Mark McClure lost his life, less than a mile from his home. Family members say he had just headed out, riding his motorcycle west bound on Highway 412.
Arkansas State Police say around the same time 76 year old Bob Campbell was driving his Ford Ranger Pickup northbound on Sonora Road.
As Campbell attempted to cross 412, police say he hit McClure, killing him almost instantly.
As State Police, Washington County Deputies, and the Nob Hill Fire Department worked to keep the scene safe, McClure’s family, struggled with the loss.
Campbell told police he was heading to Sonora Baptist Church which is on the corner of 412 and Sonora Road where he's been a member for 18 years.
Campbell told police he stopped at the stop sign, but didn't see McClure as he crossed the highway.
The Washington County Coroner's office says the impact of the collision was deadly, even with every precaution.
"I believe yes he did have a helmet on,” says Washington County Coroner Roger Morris. “But due to the impact from the motorcycle to a pickup truck is pretty hard impact."
Right now the driver, Mr. Campbell is charged with failure to yield. It will be up to the prosecutor to decide if he will face additional charges.
Arkansas state police say they tested the truck driver. Alcohol was not a factor.