Update: Negligent Homicide Charge for Log Truck Driver in Clinton Construction Site Accident

By JOSH BERRY | jberry@kark.com

Published 07/01 2014 06:58PM

Updated 09/03 2014 10:25AM

Update (Sept. 3):
CLINTON, AR - Van Buren County prosecutors say the log truck driver involved in a deadly June 2 accident that killed two construction workers and injured 16 more is now charged with Negligent Homicide in the case.

Jerry Hickman, 39, is also now facing 10 counts of 1st Degree Battery and six counts of 2nd Degree Battery.

Prosecutors also say Hickman was high on meth when he lost control of the big rig loaded with logs that rolled into a crew of construction workers. 

The initial accident report noted that a tire blew on the truck as Hickman drove down Highway 65. It caused his load of logs to shift and overturn the truck. 

Prior to the accident, Hickman had a history with the law. He had pleaded guilty in 2012 to possession for which he was placed on probation for 3 years.

Original story (July 1):
CLINTON, AR - The log truck driver involved in the deadly accident that killed two construction workers in Clinton appeared in court after admitting to authorities the day after the accident he had used meth.

Jerry Hickman, 39, was the man behind the wheel June 2 when according to the initial accident report a tire blew on HWY 65 in Clinton as he approached a construction site. It caused his load of logs to shift and overturn the truck. The accident killed two nearby construction workers and injured 19 others.

Prior to the accident, Hickman had a history with the law. He pled guilty in 2012 to possession for which he was placed under probation for 3 years.

Two days after the accident the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office asked to have Hickman's probation revoked.

"Information stemming from the accident resulted in the probation revocation," Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland explained. "Now that's not any sort of comment on the investigation itself. The investigation itself is ongoing. At some point when State Police are done with that, they'll send us the review file and we'll determine if any violations occurred."

Hickman appeared in court for the probation revocation hearing July 1, but attorneys agreed to reschedule for a date in September.

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