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     A Mountain Home man, 23 year old Christopher Lynn Todd, was killed late Thursday evening, October 8th, in a two vehicle traffic accident on Old Arkana Road in Baxter County.

     The Sheriff’s Office was notified of the accident at approximately 11:12 PM. Sheriff’s Corporal Sheri Jones was dispatched to investigate. According to her report, the accident involved a 1992 Toyota Camry driven by Christopher Todd and a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by 30 year old Bradley Qualls of Clarkridge. Evidence indicated that the vehicle being driven by Christopher Todd was traveling North on Old Arkana Road, while the vehicle being driven by Bradley Qualls was traveling South bound. Todd’s vehicle veered into the oncoming traffic lane and struck the Qualls vehicle as they met. The Ford Ranger truck caught on fire as a result of the collision, while Christopher Todd was trapped inside his Toyota Camry and had to be extricated by rescue personnel.

     There was a 10 year old juvenile passenger in the Qualls vehicle, and a 23 year old adult passenger in the Todd vehicle. All occupants were injured. Christopher Todd was transported by air ambulance, ultimately to Baxter Regional Medical Center, where efforts to save him were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at BRMC by the Baxter County Coroner. Bradley Qualls and the occupants of both vehicles were transported by ground ambulance to Baxter Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

     As required by Arkansas law in a fatality accident, blood draws were obtained from both drivers for toxicology analysis. The results are not available at this time.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff