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Crash takes Clinton man’s life

A well-known Clinton resident died four days after a traffic accident on Highway 65 and 65B.

Eric Ellis, 54, was pulling out of the Clinton Ready Mix parking lot in his 1997 Toyota when the accident occurred around noon Tuesday, July 23.

According to the Clinton Police Department report by Officer Jay Murdock, Ellis’ vehicle was hit on the driver’s side by a 2010 Chevrolet pickup driven by Charles S. Hartsfield, 50, of Greers Ferry. The truck is owned by F.L. Davis Building Center in Greers Ferry where Hartsfield works.

Hartsfield told Murdock that he was traveling north on Highway 65 when the Toyota crossed the highway in front of him. He stated that he tried to swerve out of the way but was unable to stop in time. Hartsfield said he was unable to avoid the collision, the report states. Hartsfield was not injured, according to the report.

Rescue workers had to cut Ellis free of his vehicle. He was taken to Ozark Health Medical Center in Clinton then transported to Conway Regional Hospital. Ellis died from his injuries on Saturday, July 27.

George Eric Ellis was born Nov. 29, 1958. He was the son of the late Pat Ellis, who was a one-time legislator for Van Buren County. Ellis is survived by his mother Loreda, a daughter, two brothers and a sister.

On social media pages on the Internet, Ellis was remembered as a big man with a big heart and gentle soul. He was known for his hugs, jokes and ready smile.

Funeral service for Ellis was Tuesday.

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