The Arkansas State police released a preliminary report concerning the accident on Saturday that took the Benton County deputy sheriff's life while he was providing escort for the Wreaths Across America procession that was moving through Bentonville.
According to that report, Deputy Paul Newell was eastbound in the center lane of Highway 71B (Walton Boulevard) in Bentonville around 6:30 am on his BCSO-issued Harley Davidson motorcycle near a 2022 Freightliner truck going the same direction. Newell hit a curb on the motorcycle, lost control, and impacted the Freightliner.
Newell was pronounced dead at the scene and his boy was taken to the Benton County Coroner's office.
Bentonville Andy Ball worked the accident and listed clear weather conditions nd dry pavement at the time of the crash.