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3 hurt in Blevins crash that killed unborn

An unborn infant was killed Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision on Arkansas Highway 29 in Hempstead County


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An Arkansas State Police preliminary fatal crash summary lists the injured drivers as Summer Owen, 20, and William Putz, 38, both of Blevins; also injured were 20-year-old Lacey Herriage of Hope, who was a passenger in Owen’s vehicle.

According to the report, Owen was southbound in a Kia Sportage in Blevins and attempting a left turn onto Main Street when she failed to yield to Putz’s northbound Ford Ranger. The vehicles collided “nearly head-on.” The report does not list which vehicle the juvenile was traveling in.

The injured and deceased were taken to Christus St. Michael Hospital in TEXarkana. The collision happened at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, under clear skies and on dry roadways, according to investigating Trooper Tyler Gentry.

Editor’s Note: Preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality reports sometimes contain information that turns out to be inaccurate. Typical errors include spelling errors in names, or incorrect ages; outdated hometown information; vehicle direction of travel; and incident times. The ASP sometimes corrects these errors in updated reports. ASP reports omit names of passengers or drivers who are not injured, even in instances when uninjured drivers may appear to be at fault. The reports also omit names and ages of juveniles who were injured or killed, although we report those names when obtained through other sources.