A Hamburg teenager was airlifted after a one vehicle accident on Friday night.
Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler said the ASP was contacted to investigate a single vehicle motor vehicle crash that had occurred at 11:32 p.m. June 5 along County Road 70 in rural Ashley County .
The vehicle was identified as a pick-up truck reportedly driven by “minor age” individual and therefore Sadler declined to release the driver’s name stating that Arkansas law prohibits a law enforcement agency from identifying a minor involved in a motor vehicle crash. The driver was later identified by members of the community as Drake Rice of Hamburg.
Sadler said the truck was northbound on Ashley County Road 70, north of Ashley County Road 129. The vehicle crossed into the southbound lane before entering into the roadside ditch on the southbound side and colliding with a tree, then overturned, causing the driver to be ejected.
The driver was transported to a Little Rock hospital for treatment of injuries.
Rice participates in Hamburg High School athletics. The Hamburg Football team’s social media page posted a call to prayer at 9:41 am on Sunday that read, “Lion family, please continue to pray for Drake Rice. The wreck was very serious but yesterday was a great day of progress. All signs of recovery have been positive. But, the family needs our continued prayers. Please continue to pray without ceasing.”
Rice’s condition was not available Tuesday afternoon.