JACKSON COUNTY — The state police probe into a rural crash that killed two siblings Tuesday morning is ongoing, an official said Thursday.
Michael Rogers III, 10, and Princess Logan, 3, were in a southbound lane of U.S. 67 when they were struck by a 2020 Kenworth tractor-trailer, Arkansas State Police reported. The accident occurred at the 98 mile marker, near the Jackson-Craighead County line.
Gerald Sanders, 77, who was driving the commercial truck, was not injured. The children’s mother, Latoya Taylor, 26, was unharmed on the scene when troopers responded, state police announced Tuesday.
Taylor’s last known residence was located in the unincorporated area where her children died, ASP public information officer Bill Sadler said Thursday. The woman had a Marion address, he said.
“A vehicle that is believed to have been driven by Ms. Taylor was found alongside the highway in the area where the children were struck and killed,” Sadler said.
The fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident is being investigated by special agents of ASP’s Criminal Investigation Division. As of Thursday afternoon, no one had been arrested in connection to the deaths of Michael and Princess.
“The investigative file will be used by the prosecuting attorney to determine whether there is a violation of the criminal code and whether a criminal charge should be filed against a person who may be held accountable for the deaths,” Sadler said.
The Sun was unable to verify if Taylor is being investigated by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Sadler said those matters would be investigated by ADH’s Division of Children and Family Services.
The Sun‘s efforts to reach DHS chief of communications Amy Webb and deputy chief Marci Manley were unsuccessful Thursday.