Lafayette Co. Deputy Killed in Traffic Accident, Passenger Arrested

NEAR LEWISVILLE, AR - An officer with the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office has been killed in a traffic accident and a man in the car with him who survived the crash has been arrested.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Allen Ray "Pete" Richardson, 50, was killed in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 82, west of Lewisville, shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page website.

Richardson was driving a homeless man identified as Michael Lee Ackart, 28, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to a shelter in Miller County when his department vehicle veered into the opposite lane, colliding first with a Toyota SUV and then a tractor trailer rig. Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ackart is being held in the Miller County Jail but it's not yet known what charges he faces.

Chief Deputy Richardson had served with the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office for 19 years. He was also running for sheriff in the November election, seeking to replace Victor Rose, who is not running for re-election.

Nettie Shumpert, 58, of Hot Springs, the driver of the Toyota was also injured in the crash. Her condition isn't known. The driver of the big rig was not injured.

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