Authorities have obtained evidence against a Conway man accused of causing more than $50,000 in damages in a road rage incident on April 29.
Online records show the Conway Police Department had requested search warrants on May 1 to collect vehicle event data recorders along with the suspect's cell phone for information regarding the details of the April 29 incident. The documents regarding the search warrants were filed Monday in Faulkner County Circuit Court.
Curtis Taylor, 33, who was pinpointed as the suspect in this case, is currently charged with criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury or death and three counts of aggravated assault following a road rage incident that injured his wife and 13-year-old son.
A circuit judge signed off on a search warrant affidavit earlier this month, giving CPD the OK to gather information stored on the victim and suspect's vehicle event data recorders (EDRs).
The detective who requested the EDR data argued the information stored on the device could be pertinent to the case prosecutors and detectives are building against Taylor, noting:
EDRs record information regarding to vehicle crashes.
An EDR's "primary intent" is to record information regarding the activity that causes a vehicle's airbag to deploy. Such information "can be collected after a crash and analyzed to determine what a vehicle was doing during, before and after a crash or event."
Information stored on the device includes the vehicle's speed at impact, magnitude of impact, seat belt usage and airbag deployment.
CPD spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said Wednesday that authorities requested this data as they work to gather as much information as possible in this case.
"Detectives are gathering any information in this case that might be beneficial in determining what happened," she said.
Conway police were first alerted of the crash in question around 3:30 p.m. April 29. After arriving on scene, responding officers were met by an overturned vehicle that was pushed into another truck at 1116 Donaghey Ave. Officers also reported extensive damages to the Donaghey Avenue residence.
“The porch on 1116 Donaghey Ave. was destroyed; the concrete steps, wooden wheelchair ramp, and support for the porch roof were demolished,” the incident report reads. “A silver SUV had significant damage and so did a white truck in front of it. There was a black female on the sidewalk who was in pain. A juvenile black male was a short distance away and looked like he was bleeding from the mouth.”
Witnesses on scene informed authorities the driver of the truck, later identified as Taylor, “purposefully hit the female in her vehicle then ran off.”
The 41-year-old woman found lying on the sidewalk was taken by ambulance to the Conway Regional Medical Center and her 13-year-old son was taken by ambulance to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Family members were called to the scene and picked up the woman’s 12-year-old daughter, who was also in the vehicle when Taylor allegedly ran the victim and the two children off the road with his truck.
According to witness statements, Taylor, who was driving a white Ford F-150, intentionally struck the silver GMC Yukon driven by the victim.
Court documents filed against Taylor also state that a gas line located at the home across the street from the aforementioned Donaghey Avenue residence was also damaged during the crash.
Authorities spoke with the 41-year-old victim as she received treatment in the emergency room.
The woman told authorities Taylor was her husband and that he was upset with her because she was leaving him, noting the two had been arguing via text prior to the road rage incident.
In her statement, the woman told police that “Curtis was trying to get her to come home” and told her “there was a female at their house.”
The victim said she went by her home to tell the alleged woman to leave and was met by her husband’s sister. She continued arguing with Taylor before leaving. When she left the residence, she told authorities Taylor jumped into his truck and began chasing after her. When Taylor caught up to the victim, he rammed his truck into her SUV twice, the second time cause her to lose control and pushed her off the roadway and into the Donaghey Avenue residence.
According to online records, detectives believe Taylor first struck the victim's vehicle near Ida Burns Elementary School, noting the requested data would help give more detailed facts regarding the crash.
"From witness statements and evidence on scene, including tire marks and damage to the vehicles, I believe Curtis struck [the victim's] vehicle with his somewhere near Ida Burns," the search warrant affidavit reads in part. "Witnesses described it as a lighter hit. Then he struck her much harder causing significant damage to the rear of [the woman's] vehicle. From the damage to the side of her vehicle and his, I believe he then struck the passenger side of her vehicle with the driver side of his vehicle, pushing her off the roadway."
Detectives have gathered data from both Taylor's and the victim's EDRs as well as data off Taylor's cell phone.
Detectives requested to pull evidence off Taylor's phone because the victim "stated ... she had received a text message from the offender indicating his intention to wreck her and/or his vehicle."
Current estimates show the crash caused at least $54,000 in damages.
Taylor, who is currently behind bars in lieu of a $25,000 bond, is set to appear at 9 a.m. May 29 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the aforementioned charges.