JONESBORO — A local man died following a Monday crash near the intersection of East Nettleton Avenue and Red Wolf Boulevard, authorities say.
Garai McCree, 33, of Jonesboro, “failed to stop at a red light” as another vehicle was making a left turn onto Red Wolf, according to Arkansas State Police’s preliminary crash summary. McCree’s 2016 Nissan Maxima then “slid and struck a traffic signal pole.”
Because he incurred “severe life-threatening injuries,” McCree was transported to St. Bernards Medical Center, where he later died. The other driver, a 26-year-old woman from Jonesboro, was unharmed, reports state.
The Jonesboro Police Department with the assistance of Medic One Ambulance did take a blood sample from the woman. Both cars were towed from the scene, the department’s incident report read.
McCree’s death is at least the third road fatality counted following a vehicle accident within Jonesboro city limits.
James Essary, 58, of Jonesboro, died on Jan. 22 in a rollover crash in the 3800 block of Harrisburg Road.
Arkansas State Police reported that he crossed over the east side of the road, ran through a fence and “hit a ramp of dirt, causing the vehicle to become airborne.” Upon impact with the dirt, the car rolled until it landed on the driver’s side.
When JPD responded to the scene, Essary was found “partially hanging out” of his vehicle, which was about 100 feet off the road.
Devonte Stanback, 28, of Wynne, was arrested on Jan. 1 for driving recklessly, causing the death of a Northwest Arkansas woman and injuries to himself and three others.
Stanback fled from a Brookland police officer who tried to stop him for running a red light on U.S. 49. The vehicle pursuit continue into Jonesboro and ended in the 3800 block of Harrisburg Road.
The driver left the east side of the road, traveled up a ditch embankment, hit a light pole and brick fence. The SUV “went airborne colliding with an apartment complex. (It) came to final rest facing east in the yard of the apartment complex,” according to ASP’s crash summary.
Julianna Valle, 21, of Farmington, died. Darian Nauden, 24, of Conway, “sustained significant injuries and required hospitalization and a juvenile male under the age of 12 sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision,” records show.
Stanback and another boy were also treated for injuries at St. Bernards Medical Center, authorities report.