A Booneville man has been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and first degree endangering the welfare of a minor for allegedly leaving a 9-year old girl behind after an ATV collision with a pickup truck.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Stephen Dairl Jones, 48, was identified as the driver of an ATV that collided with a pickup truck on Leftwich Lane on the afternoon of Oct. 25.
The 9-year old said she was riding with “Uncle Steve” but didn’t know his last name but she didn’t remember anything from the accident, the affidavit states. She was transported to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock via helicopter with injuries that included a concussion, bruising of her right eye, head injury due to trauma, a collapsed right lung and a right humeral fracture, the affidavit adds.
The driver of the pickup truck told a Logan County deputy when he pulled out to turn east he didn’t see the ATV until it was too late. The pickup driver told the deputy the man driving the ATV said he had a warrant out for his arrest before leaving the scene at which time the pickup driver called 911.
Another man arrived at the scene and claimed ownership of the ATV but said he was not driving but his son, identified as the defendant, had last been seen when he and the 9-year old went for a ride.
The charges against Jones are both Class D felonies punishable upon conviction by up to six years in prison and or a fine of up to $10,000.