Conway police continue to investigate and work to reconstruct a Labor Day crash that left a Faulkner County man dead.
Authorities initially responded to a crash involving a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle along Salem Road near the intersection of Meadowlake Road at 10:21 p.m. Sept. 3.
Online records show the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado that reportedly hit 25-year-old Montana DeViney of Greenbrier was traveling northbound on Salem Road when the crash occurred.
As police worked to reconstruct the moments leading up to the crash, the Conway Police Department learned the driver of the Silverado looked away from the road when he struck DeViney.
A search warrant affidavit filed earlier this week to seek possible EDR data off the Silverado outlines the moments leading up to the crash.
According to the affidavit, the Silverado was headed northbound on Salem Road "and had just passed thru the intersection of Salem Rd. and Irby [Drive] and was beginning to drive up the incline of Salem Rd. that precedes the overpass over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and then descends before intersecting with Meadowlake [Road]. There is a slight left to right curve towards the middle of the incline to ascend just prior to the overpass over the railroad tracks.
"As [the] driver was approaching the overpass, he looked down away from the roadway and struck a pedestrian that was walking in the roadway but did not realize or see what he had struck and went across the overpass and turned around and returned to find that he had struck a pedestrian that had been in the northbound lane of travel."
Records show DeViney suffered "major injuries" to his face, legs and head during the crash. He was ultimately taken by ambulance to Conway Regional Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.
A vehicle's event data recorder (EDA) records information regarding 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 an analyzed to determine what a vehicle was doing during, before and after a crash or event," according to the affidavit.
Information stored on the devices includes the vehicle's speed at impact, magnitude of impact, seat belt usage and airbag deployment history. While the air bags of the Silverado did not deploy during this crash, officer Chris Buss argued in favor of searching the Silverado's EDR in case any data was recorded at the time of the crash to help detectives reconstruct the incident.
Buss, who is currently working to reconstruct the fatal crash, said he wanted to search the Silverado's EDR to verify information since much of the evidence had been moved before he'd arrived to the scene of the crash.
"Upon my arrival to the scene of the accident, the pedestrian had been removed from the scene and the area around the scene had been picked up as well as the pedestrian's personal belongings (boots and cell phone) along with any physical evidence (if any) that may or may not have been pertinent to the investigation," the affidavit reads in part. "The first responding officers to the scene [were] able to get a brief statement from [the driver] who stated that he was traveling aprox. 30 to 35 MPH at the time of the collision. Without a point of impact and a true final rest of the pedestrian, I am unable to determine if this is a true approximate speed and if speed may have been a factor at the time of the collision."
While no data was located off the device in this particular incident, CPD spokesman LaTresha Woodruff previously explained to the LCD that collecting EDR data is one of many techniques authorities use in reconstructing crashes, noting Conway police work to reconstruct all fatality and other major crashes to help determine exactly what happened in the moments leading up to a crash.