The condition of a 34-year-old Conway man that was involved in a vehicle accident that split a utility pole in Benton early Sunday was not available for the media today, according to a representative of Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.
The representative did confirm that Donald Obannon is a patient at the hospital, but due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws, no other information was available as of press time.
About 1:40 a.m. Sunday, Benton police and fire, along with Saline Memorial Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service responded to Benton Parkway just past Pleasant Forest Drive and Gattin Road for report of a vehicle that struck a telephone pole. A report said that through accident reconstruction, officers were able to determine that Obannon was driving north on Benton Parkway when it struck the east curbline, slide sideways across the southbound lane, went off the west side of the roadway and the passengers side of the vehicle split the telephone pole.
Obannon was found "bleeding from his head and not conscious" the report noted.
According to an officer at the scene, after Obannon was removed from the vehicle, an ambulance rushed him to the Target parking lot off Alcoa Road where a Medflight unit was awaiting to transport Obannon to Baptist Hospital.
The report also noted that a blood sample was drawn from Obannon at the hospital and sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for a toxicology test.
Residents near the area were without electricity for more than an hour due to the accident.
This was the second time a vehicle has crashed into the exact telephone pole on Benton Parkway since December. It was Christmas Eve when 23-year-old Alexander Walls had been ejected from the vehicle that also split the telephone pole. Walls was also transported via Medflight to Baptist Hospital, and reportedly survived the crash.
Anyone with information about this accident is encouraged to call the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS (8477). Individuals also may send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.