Criminal Investigation Ongoing After Big Rig Fatally Strikes Two Children Along Rural Highway
Jackson County, AR – A criminal investigation is ongoing after two young children were struck and killed by a semi-truck in rural Arkansas during the early morning hours on Tuesday.
According to a crash report by the Arkansas State Police (ASP), the fatal accident took place at 3:49 a.m. on Highway 67 at mile marker 98.
ASP said a 2020 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by 77-year-old Gerald Sanders was traveling south on Hwy. 67 when it struck and killed two pedestrians in the traffic lane.
The pedestrians were later identified by authorities as 10-year-old Michael Rogers, III and his 3-year-old sister, Princess Josh-Lyn Logan.
Police were dispatched to the scene, located just south of the Jackson-Craighead County line, at 4:07 a.m.
Upon arrival, officers encountered the children’s mother, Latoya Taylor, 26, of Jonesboro, AR.
She was uninjured, investigators said.
Additionally, the trucker did not sustain any injuries.
However, it is unclear how and why the children were outside of the vehicle and in the middle of the highway.
In the hours leading up to the incident, Taylor had been streaming videos on Facebook Live.
At 2:27 a.m., Taylor posted a 7-second video of herself wearing a tiara and stating, “We on vacation and it is a wonderful day.”
Prior to that, at 1:15 a.m., a 16:57-minute video was streamed, with Taylor speaking to her children, sometimes using profanity, as she was driving through the small town of Tuckerman.
The 10-year-old boy is seen seated in the front seat barefoot with his sister sitting on his lap.
“I’m on my way to Colorado in the morning!” Taylor can be heard saying at one point, as she was traveling through rural Arkansas with GPS giving audible instructions.
Taylor’s dashboard revealed her Nissan was low on gasoline and her hazard lights and high beams were engaged throughout the almost 17-minute live stream.
Around the 12:39 mark of the video, Taylor’s camera phone shows her operating erratically on a two-lane highway before driving onto the shoulder and telling her children, “In the country you can drive off the road.”
In the video’s comments, a woman named Tonya Hall identified herself as Taylor’s cousin.
“My cousin was not in her right mind everyone knows that,” Hall claimed.
Multiple people commented, claiming to have first-hand knowledge that Taylor had previously been hospitalized.
A criminal investigation is ongoing by the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow this story.