BY LEANN DILBECK –
A multi-vehicle accident Friday on Hwy 71 near Acorn sent two Waldron teens to the hospital but according to the officials working the accident, it could have been much worse.
Polk County Deputy Scott Sawyer said his heart sank when he first came up on the scene and recognized that the driver was the daughter of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter, who was killed during a flood rescue operation in May 2013.
Christian Carpenter, 18-years old was driving a Saturn Ion car southbound on Hwy 71 when she left the roadway, traveling at least 25 feet and striking a tree at which time her 17-year old juvenile passenger was ejected from the car. A wheel was also knocked off from the impact and went back into the roadway striking a motorcyclist and grazed another car before impacting the front of a SUV.
Carpenter was transported by SouthWest EMS to Mena Regional Health System for treatment of injuries and released later Friday evening. Carpenter’s mother, Amie, said Saturday morning that Christian is pretty sore but ok,
“Thank you to all that stopped and helped my daughter Christian and her friend yesterday, I am truly grateful .”
Several bystanders commented that the girls’ had to have had guardian angels riding with them because the accident could have been so much worse and Amie is certain she knows them by name,
“I know God and her Daddy were watching over them.”
The juvenile ejected was airlifted by Arkansas Children’s Hospital but her condition was not considered “life-threatening.” Amie said that she believed the friend had also been released as of Saturday morning.