Brenda Dawson and Jeffery Dawson of Newport Killed in Tractor-trailer Crash

The Arkansas State Police have released a Preliminary Fatal Crash Summary of an 18-wheeler accident occurring on December 15, 2015 on U.S. Highway 64 West in Woodruff County. The collision occurred at 1:29 p.m.

According to the report, Brenda J. Dawson, age 72, and Jeffery L. Dawson , age 42, were traveling westbound in a 2011 Ford and were attempting to turn into a business. The Dawson’s vehicle was rear-ended by a 2005 Freightliner and pushed into the path of an eastbound 2006 Peterbuilt. Jeffery Dawson was pronounced deceased at the scene and Brenda Dawson, an hour later at Regional One in Memphis.

The driver of the Freightliner, who reportedly struck the Dawson vehicle from the rear, is not identified. The driver of the Peterbuilt, listed as “injured” is identified as William Aughenbaugh, age 64, of Marion, Arkansas.

Weather is report to have been clear and the road dry. The investigating Officer  was TFC,  Kurt Ziegenhorn.


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 Note:  Information obtained from an Arkansas State Police fatal crash summary represents only the initial findings by an investigating law enforcement officer. The summaries are not considered official reports of a highway crash investigation, but merely a summary of preliminary information presented to an investigating officer. The information contained in a summary may not represent the facts eventually placed on file in the official final report.