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Hot Springs Police investigated a 3 vehicle fatal crash with fire Tuesday on Malvern Avenue at the Hollywood Avenue Intersection after 2 motorcycles struck the same car. HSPD Traffic Crash Investigators took over this crash investigation early on due to the serious circumstances of the case.
Evidence at the scene suggested that the westbound white car attempted a left hand turn from Malvern Avenue onto Hollywood Avenue, but did so right in front of at least 2 motorcycles. The motorcycle driven by Keido Howard, 33 of Hot Springs, struck the car head-on. The motorcycle and the front of the car caught fire. The rider was thrown approximately 60 feet east from the area of impact and landed in the National Park Medical Center’s front parking lot. His injuries were fatal.
The 2nd motorcycle involved was being operated by Bobby Ray Riley, Jr, 47 of Hot Springs. His motorcycle struck the white car on the rear passenger door. He was injured and transported by LifeNet Ambulance to the hospital.
The white car was driven by Gwendolyn Faye Muncrief, 77 of Hot Springs. She suffered minor injuries, however, it is unknown to me whether she was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Survival Flight Pilot Becker and his associates as well as several hospital workers and bystanders all responded to the scene to assist the victims. Civilians took charge of traffic control and did a good job with it.
Hot Springs Fire & Rescue Troops got to the scene very quickly. They stopped all traffic, extinguished the fire and assisted with medical care.
LifeNet dispatched at least 2 Ambulance Crews and the EMS Supervisor to the scene.
Friends and family of the victims began arriving quickly. HSPD Officers helped them cope with the situation and otherwise assisted them as needed.
Traffic flow was interrupted for at least 2 hours which included the closing of Malvern Avenue at this spot.