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Witness: car 'never braked' in fatal collision with scooter

Posted: August 29, 2014 - 4:29pm

Conway police have released their report of the accident that killed 28-year-old Conway resident Lauren Dunn on Monday. 

Dunn was stopped on her Yamaha scooter in Harkrider Street’s inner northbound lane  trying to turn left onto College Avenue at about 12:40 Monday afternoon. This is a busy intersection, especially during the noon-hour rush, and there is no turn lane. She was rear-ended by the driver of a car who, according to witnesses, didn’t brake for the stopped scooter. 

Witnesses also described Dunn being thrown off her scooter and landing on top of the car that hit her. The car travelled more than 400 feet after hitting the scooter. 

“People were running after [the] car screaming for [the driver] to stop,” the officer wrote, based on witness statements. 

“Due to the seriousness of the crash,” the report states, the driver of the car was taken to Conway Regional Medical Center for a blood draw. This driver was cited for careless/prohibited driving.

Dunn was taken by air ambulance to a Little Rock hospital, where she died Monday night. 

According to the report, the driver told police that she was driving “regular speed, as always,” when “out of nowhere a motorcycle hits her vehicle.” Damage seen on the car was to the middle of the front bumper/grill.

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Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 08/29/14 - 04:46 pm
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I'm curious

Do we know the age of the driver?

Jack Daniel
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Jack Daniel 08/30/14 - 07:44 am
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Age

43 according to the police report.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 08/29/14 - 05:46 pm
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It almost seem as if the

It almost seem as if the identity is purposely being withheld. Maybe has a "important" relative.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 08/29/14 - 08:00 pm
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In

the first place the report makes little sense. I read it three times and the third time made less. That intersection is terribly designed and all caused by the rerouting of College street for reasons someone needs to explain to me.Anyone?

Jack Daniel
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Jack Daniel 08/30/14 - 07:38 am
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College Re-route

Elmer, I understand College was rerouted to avoid the high pedestrian traffic area around the St. Joseph's Church and School. I also understand there's no light at that intersection because it's too close to the light at sixth street. If that's the case perhaps the city should either trade the light at sixth, or better yet put a round-a-bout there. That's a terrible intersection.

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SWIBC 08/30/14 - 10:15 am
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City is limited in many ways

City is limited in many ways by AHTD because Harkrider is a state road, also would cost a tiny fortune to move utilities currently under the road as well as AHTD is never fast on making recommendations on traffic signals without full traffic flow studies. A roundabout would not be bad, but the intersection is not bad if people pay attention, that she never braked tells me she was not paying attention

martyknight
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martyknight 09/03/14 - 12:33 pm
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Too Close?

I don't comment on here much - and I'm not calling anyone out - but, to say that traffic lights are not in place anywhere in Conway due to proximity is amusing. Have you driven east on Oak Street? That stretch of road has to hold some sort of record for the number of intersections in a given distance!

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Lilly03 09/02/14 - 02:55 pm
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Because of other deals the

Because of other deals the city made. They wanted no whistles and to close some crossings. They had to reroute college to get other things they wanted.
St. Joe dealt with the train for how many decades? You don't really think it was done just to be sweet to the Catholics do you?

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ARBEAR 08/29/14 - 10:18 pm
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IDKM
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IDKM 08/29/14 - 10:24 pm
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Very sad

Based on article it seems like more charges would be in order.

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