Formal charges filed in October fatality

Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen announced Tuesday that formal charges have been filed against a Warren man for causing the six vehicle accident in Wilmar that claimed the life of one woman while injuring several others.

In Deen’s filing, Bryant R. Childs, 31, 451 Highway 278 West, Warren, was charged with one count of manslaughter and four counts of aggravated assault. The accident claimed the life of Elizabeth Ann Davis, 66, of Warren.

The accident occurred on October 29, 2012 just after noon on the east side of the railroad crossing on Highway 278 in Wilmar.

According to State Trooper Byron Curry’s preliminary accident report, a Peterbilt truck driven by Childs failed to stop for the train crossing, colliding with Davis’ Dodge van and pushing it into an International truck driven by Windell L. Epting, 44, of Cuba, Ala. At the same time, the left side of Childs’ truck struck a Ford pickup driven by Brandon Lloyd, 31, of Hamburg, and another Peterbilt truck driven by Michael Carter, 57, of Crossett, which resulted in Epting’s truck hitting the back of a Chevy passenger car driven by Randi Atkins, 21, of Monticello.

Carter, Atkins and Lloyd were not injured, according to the preliminary report. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene by Drew County Deputy Coroner Larry Scogin. Childs and Epting were transported from the scene by ambulance.

Following the accident, Deen requested a criminal investigation to be completed by the Arkansas State Police.

The filed aggravated assault charges state that Childs “purposely engaged in conduct creating a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to Brandon Lloyd….Michael Carter…Windell L. Epting…and Randi Atkins.”

Childs had not been taken into police custody as of press time.

<p>Remnants of a white minivan driven by Elizabeth Ann Davis, 66, of Warren, are hauled from the scene of an October 2012 accident with two 18-wheelers near the railroad crossing on Hwy. 278 in Wilmar. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.</p>


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