Prosecutor: No Charges for Officer Who Hit & Killed Pedestrian


Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue said he will not file any criminal charges against a Fort Smith police officer who hit and killed a pedestrian in August.

On August 6, 2016, Officer Jarrod Taylor was responding to a call when he hit Jonathan Leroy Logston.  Prosecutor Shue said Logston was pushing his motorcycle north in the southbound inside lane of Highway 271 with the headlights turned off.

Officer Taylor said the area was poorly lit and he applied his brakes and tried to swerve to avoid the collision but was unable to.  Prosecutor Shue said Officer Taylor was not distracted or impaired at the time of the crash, noting the officer’s computer was not open, he was not texting and a blood sample showed there were no drugs or alcohol in his system.

Shue said witness statements, medical records, photographs and dash cam video corroborated Officer Taylor’s account of what happened.  The medical examiner’s report ruled the cause of Logston’s death an accident, and said Logston had alcohol, marijuana and benzodiazepines in his system.

Shue concluded no criminal offense had been committed, and that Logston’s death was a tragic accident.

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