Police & Fire

Accident near Bismarck claims life

A one-vehicle crash north of Bismarck claimed the life of a Hot Springs man


The accident happened on Arkansas Highway 7 near the intersection of Tower Road, north of Bismarck in rural Hot Spring County.

Jeremy W. Whalen, 45, of Hot Springs, was traveling north in a 2009 Nissan when he veered into the southbound lane, re-entered his own lane and ultimately drove off the highway and crashed into a tree, according to an Arkansas State Police fatal crash summary.

The accident happened at 7:29 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, under clear skies. Investigating Trooper Seth Smedley noted wet road conditions at the time of the crash.

Whalen’s body was transported to the Hot Spring County Coroner’s Office.

Thursday’s accident marks the 419th documented fatality on Arkansas highways in 2023.

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 Typical errors include spelling errors in names, or incorrect ages; outdated hometown information; vehicle direction of travel; and incident times.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 of juveniles who were injured or killed, although we report those names when obtained through other sources.