Mother shares more details about fatal accident

Friday, July 20, 2018

A total of five people — two men and three children — were injured in a July 7 accident on Arkansas Highway 221 North that claimed the life of a Berryville man, according to the children’s mother.

Pandra Gilliam said her husband, Michael Gilliam, sons Thomas and Terry Binam and 1-year-old daughter Kynslie Gilliam were injured, along with her ex-husband, Mason Binum.

Darold L. Johnson, 74, of Berryville was killed.

According to a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police, Johnson was driving a 2001 Chevrolet northbound on Highway 221 approximately seven miles north of Berryville when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 1998 Chevrolet driven by Mason Binam, 24, of Harrison, at 9:35 p.m. on Saturday, July 7.

The ASP report indicated that Mason Binam and two male minors were injured. It made no mention of Michael Gilliam, whose wife said he was a passenger in Binam’s vehicle, or a female minor.

Pandra Gilliam said everyone who was in Binam’s vehicle is expected to recover, although 3-year-old Terry and the elder Binam will both require additional surgeries.

Thomas Binam, 4, had internal injuries and required surgery to repair a section of his bowel, his mother said.

“I didn’t think Thomas was going to make it,” Pandra Gilliam said.

Mason Binam suffered a shattered right ankle and facial fractures, Pandra Gilliam said. Michael Gilliam, 24, suffered a fractured wrist and fractured vertebrae and required multiple stitches.

Terry Binam suffered a broken femur and had a steel plate and screws inserted in his leg, his mother said.

Kynslie Gilliam, the youngest passenger, suffered only minor injuries.

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