Update: CPD officer struck by motorist dies from injuries

 Final p.m. update:

 

A Conway Police Department officer died Friday from injuries sustained when he was hit by a motorist police say was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Officer William McGary, 26, was directing traffic around an accident late Thursday on Dave Ward Drive when he was struck by motorist Barry R. Strickland, 31, 2845 Wineberry in Conway.


A court affidavit filed Friday in Faulkner County Circuit Court before McGary's death showed Strickland faced a felony first degree battery charge, DWI and other traffic violations.


Strickland's charges may change due to the officer's death.


The court affidavit written by an Arkansas State Police special agent states Strickland was driving west on Dave Ward Drive approaching Exchange Avenue when he failed to yield to McGary.


The document states McGary, who was wearing a reflective vest, was blocking westbound traffic with his lighted patrol unit.


The affidavit states Strickland failed to observe McGary, and his Jeep Wrangler collided with the officer and pinned McGary between the right rear of his patrol unit and Strickland's vehicle.


McGary had to be extricated and was transported via air ambulance to the Little Rock hospital where he died Friday.


Police said Strickland failed a drug evaluation test and was arrested at the scene.


Strickland told police he had driven off the interstate and into the grass at least two times prior to colliding with McGary at Dave Ward Drive, near an interstate exit ramp.


Strickland's Facebook page indicates he is a veteran of military service. Friends were posting words of concern and encouragement Friday.


His page shows he attends a church in Searcy.


McGary is a 2005 graduate of Searcy High School. He would have been with the Conway Police Department two years in June.


Conway Police Department released this statement late Friday before another media release asking that press not make additional inquiries for the night.


'It is with great sadness we announce that Officer William McGary passed away shortly after 5 pm. Please continue to keep his family in your prayers. CPD has spent the past day with the McGary family, they are very proud that he was a member of the Conway Police Department and appreciative of all the outpouring of support. The presence of all the officers and other members of our agency has helped them through this difficult time. Please continue to offer them love and support in the days ahead.'


La Tresha Woodruff, CPD public information officer, said financial contributions for the family may be made to the Martin McDaniel Fraternal Order of Police. Contact Pam Sweeney at 501-450-6199 to contribute.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Conway Police Department officer William McGary died Friday at a Little Rock hospital from injuries sustained when he was hit by a motorist as he directed traffic around an accident at Dave Ward Drive late Thursday.

Conway police released this statement at 5:49 p.m. Friday

'It is with great sadness we announce that Officer William McGary passed away shortly after 5 pm.

Please continue to keep his family in your prayers. CPD has spent the past day with the McGary family, they are very proud that he was a member of the Conway Police Department and appreciative of all the outpouring of support. The presence of all the officers and other members of our agency has helped them through this difficult time.  Please continue to offer them love and support in the days ahead.  

This is all the information we have at this time. We will give updates as necessary.'

 

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