Texarkana man hit, killed walking in middle of road


TEXARKANA — The Miller County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday the death of a man who was struck by a vehicle while walking down the center of a roadway and wearing all black.

The sheriff’s office says 51-year-old Roy D. Washington of Texarkana was hit by a sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car Saturday night a little past 11:30 p.m. when said deputy was responding to a 911 call involving a man in dark clothing walking down the middle of a dark roadway.

According to the county’s law enforcement agency, the incident occurred on U.S.-82 near Garland City, and occurred within 60 seconds after the deputy received the call. The sheriff’s office says the deputy immediately requested EMS and began rendering aid. When EMS arrived, Washington was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.

The sheriff’s office says members of the Arkansas State Police responded to the scene to conduct a traffic collision investigation. The deputy submitted to a chemical analysis of blood under direction and supervision of the state police, which is a state statute and sheriff’s office policy.

Results from the investigation could be made available from the state police in the coming days with final results pending in the deputy’s chemical analysis results. The deputy is on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion and findings of the state police’s investigation and an internal investigation pursuant to the sheriff’s office’s policies.