Woman and daughter perish in single-vehicle accident on Ark. 21

Thursday, August 19, 2004

A young woman and her six-year-old daughter were killed "instantly" last Friday in a single-vehicle accident that also seriously injured two of the woman's other children.

Arkansas State Trooper Chad Hipps said Doris Baugh, 27, of the Berryville area, and her daughter, Santana Howard, were apparently killed instantly when they were ejected from their 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier after hitting a tree at about 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Hipps said there were no witnesses to the accident, but added that it appeared Baugh lost control of her vehicle travelling south, on state Highway 21 South, about five and a half miles south of Berryville.

"She apparently tried to regain control, but over-corrected and went off the other side of the road and hit a tree," Hipps said.

Hipps said Baugh and her daughter were ejected from the vehicle, "and I believe they were killed instantly," he said.

Berryville Fire Department, ambulance crews and First Responders were able to free the woman's two other children from the wreckage, but the young victims were seriously hurt and airlifted by St. John's helicopter to the Springfield hospital.

Hipps said a four-year-old boy, William Baugh, received a compound fracture in one leg. Also, Baugh's 10-year-old daughter, Ashley Dacheff, received serious head injuries and compound fractures in each leg.

Both children were listed in serious condition Sunday at St. John's Hospital-Springfield.

Hipps said he couldn't speculate on why the children had no child safety restraints and no seat belts, but added that the investigation is continuing.

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