Driver of Oil Pipe Truck Charged in Arkansas Death

November 5, 2012

The driver of an oil field truck has been charged with negligent homicide for the death of a 95-year-old woman who was killed when she drove into a length of pipe that protruded behind the rig.

Authorities on Friday arrested 51-year-old Edward J. Hammond of El Dorado. In addition to the negligent homicide count, he’s charged with driving on a suspended license and having no liability insurance.

The El Dorado News-Times reports the crash occurred Oct. 12. The main charge was upgraded after 95-year-old Eleanor Johnson died Oct. 28.

Police say the pipe wasn’t secured to the vehicle, it wasn’t flagged and there were no lights on the trailer.

Johnson drove into the pipe as Hammond was turning into the driveway of his residence.

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  • November 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm
    summer99 says:
    Ins Guy, this is for you. Don't you hope you live to drive at 95? She drove her car everyday and done anything else that needed to be done. I hope I live to be that age and st... read more
  • November 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    Ins Guy says:
    don't mean to be insensitive to the family, but driving at 95? Wasn't it just a matter of time?
  • November 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    just wondering says:
    The article states the trailer had no lights, probably also means no turn signals or brake lights. It is remarkable difficult to gauge the distance by which a pipe at approxi... read more
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