March 20, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Jacksonville police say they now believe a driver intentionally sped up and hit and killed a firefighter and injured two other emergency personnel Monday night in Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Police Department and Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a single vehicle accident in the 8400 Block of Hwy 161 Monday night at around 10:30 p.m.
The vehicle had left the roadway and struck a gas main. A Jacksonville police officer and two Jacksonville firefighters were working the scene when a van left the roadway and struck all three.
One firefighter, Capt. Donald Jones
was pronounced dead at the scene. The other firefighter, Jason Bowmaster
was med-flighted to a Little Rock hospital while the police officer was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Both are in critical condition at the time of this release.
The driver, Bryce Allen, has been charged with second degree murder, and two counts of second degree criminal attempt to commit murder. He is currently being booked in at the Jacksonville Police Department with no bond.
Bryce Allen is the son to Thelma Allen who was the driver of the vehicle that struck the gas main.