Police & Fire

Camden man dies in US-79 collision

A head-on collision on US Highway 79 left a young Camden man dead and two others hurt


According to an Arkansas State Police fatal crash summary, 27-year-old David Clark, of Camden, lost his life when another motorist, traveling in the wrong lane, struck his vehicle head-on.

Clark was traveling north in a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck on US Highway 79, a four-lane highway divided by a median in Ouachita County. According to the report, a southbound 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup crossed the median at some point and was traveling in Clark’s lane when the vehicles collided.

The driver of the Silverado was identified as Jeremy Burney, 40, also of Camden. He and a passenger, Bobbie Risher, 46, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, were injured in the accident and transported to Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden. Clark’s body was taken to the Ouachita County Morgue.

The accident happened at 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, under cloudy skies and on dry roads, according to Cpl. John Parker, who investigated the accident.

Saturday’s accident marked the 427th documented automobile 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 Typical errors include spelling errors in names, or incorrect ages; outdated hometown information; vehicle direction of travel; and incident times.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.