13-year-old dies after being hit by car near Tilles Park in Fort Smith

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UPDATE: Fort Smith Police confirmed on their Facebook post that the 13-year-old boy has died from a head injury. The victim’s name has not yet been released.

James Lawrence frequently runs and walks near Tilles Park and he saw the aftermath of the incident. He said he was devastated by the news about the teen.

“My heart went out to the family, young kid, I said a prayer for him,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence and other nearby residents told KNWA/FOX 24 that the park is not very well lit and they hope to see it’s lighting improved to help prevent another tragedy.

Aric Mitchell, public information officer for Fort Smith Police, said police don’t believe any foul play was involved.

“There’s no indication that there was any kind of impairment or anything like that, just a very unfortunate accident,” Mitchell said.

Police said the driver has been cooperative with police and the investigation is still ongoing.

The teen was a student at Fort Smith Public Schools and a district spokesperson said grief counseling is available for students.


FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Fort Smith Police are investigating an accident where a 13-year-old boy was hit by a car on Grand Avenue near Tilles Park.

The accident occurred around 5 p.m, according to a Facebook post made by the Fort Smith Police Department.

A portion of Grand Avenue was closed during the incident, but opened around 8:30pm Tuesday.

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