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87-Year-Old Woman Dies at Home after Pickup Crashes Through Wall

Preliminary crash summary says woman was hit by pickup.
HOT SPRINGS, AR -- An 87-year-old woman has died after a pickup crashed through her home.

According to the Hot Springs Police Department (HSPD), officers responded to the home in the 100 block of Lacey Street shortly after 2:00 Tuesday morning after receiving a call that a pickup had run into the side of the residence.

Officers saw a red 2002 Dodge pickup lodged in the north side of the home. When they walked into the house, they found 88-year-old Mary Dukes deceased.

According to a preliminary fatal crash summary by the Arkansas State Police, Burks was hit by the pickup.

Police say the driver, 20-year-old Nicholas Roe initially fled the scene, but was later located and brought back to the area.

Roe was taken to the Hot Springs Police Department where he was questioned by detectives.

Police say charges are pending.

Dukes daughter in law, Kay, says the news is upsetting.

"We got a knock on our door by the coroner and notified us that she had been killed. It was a motor vehicle accident and we were shocked to find out the truck had driven into her house, on top of her, while she was lying in bed," said Dukes.

Family members say they don't wan to focus on what happened to Mrs. Dukes, instead they want to celebrate her life.

"She was like the cornerstone. The rock that made everybody stay together and connected. She treated me like a daughter instead of a daughter in law," said Dukes.





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