May 26, 2010 by wcobserver
Mother of Two Arrested
By Susan McCarthy
Winslow-A City Council Member and long-time business owner in Winslow was killed Sunday night in a motorcycle accident north of Winslow on Hwy 71.
Don Clark, 62, was travelling south on Hwy 71 just after 7 pm on May 23 when a 1977 GMC van driven by Grace Doss made a left turn in front of Clark’s motorcycle, causing him to crash into the passenger side of her van. Clark was airlifted to Washington Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:36 pm. Clark was wearing a helmet.
Doss, 21, and her two daughters, ages 1 and 2, were also transported by ambulance to Washington Regional and were treated and released. Doss, of 1687 South US 71 in Winslow, was arrested by Arkansas State Police and charged with negligent homicide, failure to yield, no drivers license and no proof of insurance. She is out of jail on a $1977.50 bond.
Negligent homicide is defined as negligently operating a vehicle while intoxicated and causing the death of another person. Both Arkansas State Police and the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said the investigation is ongoing and declined to provide details about the charge at this time. A spokesperson for Arkansas State Police said that in a case like this, the prosecuting attorney on-call is consulted before the charge is made. He said that while they could not release any further details, there was sufficient evidence to charge Doss.
Clark owned and operated Clark’s Motor Clinic in Winslow; it is the second longest operating business in Winslow according to city officials. Clark has also served for nearly 30 years as a City Council Member; he was first elected in 1983 according to Winslow’s mayor, Randy Jarnagan.
“He will be just dreadfully missed for so many reasons. Not only as a city council member, but as one of our locals, as a person who owned a mechanic shop,” said Mayor Jarnagan. “Some of us grew up with him working on our vehicles.”
“He always sat in a corner chair at the table. He has been very consistent, he’s kept us stable over the years,” Mayor Jarnagan said of Clark’s service as a council member.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 26; his obituary appears on page two.