• Dennis McCaslin

Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas killed early Sunday morning in I40 hit-and-run


A nationally renowned Associate Professor with the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture was killed in an accident Sunday on Interstate 40 near mile-marker 38 in Franklin County at 6:20 in the morning on Sunday.


The crash has been listed as a hit-and-run since the second driver left the scene of the accident.


Sammy Sadaka, 62, was killed when the 2019 Toyota Camry he was driving struck the rear of a tractor-trailer rig in the eastbound lane of the interstate. The impact caused the Camry to spin in a counter-clockwise rotation before coming to rest on the south shoulder of the roadway.


Sadaka was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said the tractor-trailer rig continued eastward on the highway without stopping.


According to his biography on the UofA website, Sadaka was an Associate Professor with the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture for thirteen years.


He has been published in a number of national and regional publications and was an expert in Grain Drying, Storage, Management, and Farm Safety as well as serving in the AgrAbility program.


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