Arkansas State Police Investigators say a sheriff's deputy in southwest Arkansas is fortunate to be alive Tuesday after an accident on AR Hwy. 29 north of Lewisville. The deputy was injured while on duty, and now police hope this accident will serve as a wake-up call for area motorists.
Lafayette County Sheriff's Deputy Barry Reeder is being treated at Wadley Regional Medical Center for injuries received after being hit by a car early Monday morning.
"I started to turn around and look. The car was right on me, and as soon as I saw him, I jumped and got my feet off the ground," Reeder says.
Reeder was working an accident scene with other officers when the car hit him. Investigators said then that at least three emergency vehicles were at the scene.
About the driver who hit him, Breeder says, "I feel like he was just rubber necking, looking at all the lights flashing, and he just didn't see me out there."
Investigators estimate that the car was traveling up to 55 miles per hour. The impact sent Reeder flying 20-feet off the ground.
"That is why I say the good Lord is looking after me."
While visiting Reeder in the hospital, Sheriff Victor Rose says he hopes the incident will encourage motorists to drive with caution.
"Don't let the lights blind you. Just be paying attention to the lights and not who is out on the highway. A lot of times, when you have lights on the highway, you have people on the highway working an incident or accident," Rose says.
Adds Reeder: "If they see emergency flashers going on, they need to slow down and be ready to stop in a hurry."
Reeder says he hopes to make a full recovery and return to working traffic as soon as possible. The driver of the car that hit Reeder was cited for careless and prohibited driving.
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