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Mother, daughter die in wreck

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By KERRY CRAIG

    A De Queen, Ark., mother and her two-year-old daughter died in a head-on crash on State Highway 19 north of Sulphur Springs Thursday afternoon; the woman’s other daughter is in critical condition in a Dallas hospital.
    The driver of a second vehicle involved in the crash – Richard Mitchell, 69, of Dike –  was treated and released from Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.
    Gwendolyn May, 28, and her two-year-old daughter, Azaria Thompson, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup.
    A second child, four-year-old Demaria Thompson, was flown from the accident scene to Dallas Children’s Hospital, where she was said to be in critical condition Friday morning.
    Glossup said the Plymouth Neon driven by May was travelling north on SH 19 near County Road 4760 just after 1 p.m. The Neon approached another vehicle that was stopped, waiting on traffic before making a left turn. The accident report indicated May attempted to avoid hitting the stopped vehicle by moving into the southbound lane and crashed head-on into a pickup driven by Richard Mitchell.
    May and at least one of her children were trapped in their car, which came to rest in the ditch. The force of the impact flipped the pickup, which landed on its top on the roadway. Mitchell was able to crawl from the wreckage.
    The crash forced authorities to close that section of SH 19 for a short period of time Thursday.
    Preliminary funeral arrangements for Gwendolyn May and daughter Azaria are being handled by Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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