FORT SMITH, AR. (THECOUNT) — James Edward Degnan, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Thursday afternoon motorcycle crash, according to Arkansas State Police.

Degnan, 24, was traveling on a motorcycle when he collided with a vehicle on Thursday around 3:30 p.m.


According to reports, police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Degnan when he failed to pull over.

Degnan was fleeling police while operating a motorcycle near the intersection of S. Waldron Rd. and Grand Avenue, in Fort Smith, when he collided with an SUV after running a red light. He was then ejected from the bike.

Degnan was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Fort Smith is a city on the Arkansas River, in northwest Arkansas. The Fort Smith National Historic Site traces the town’s origins as a military post during the frontier era. The Fort Smith Museum of History further explores local history. The Trolley Museum displays historic streetcars. Near Riverfront Park, Clayton House is an Italianate-style mansion, and Miss Laura’s is a visitor center housed in an 1896 brothel – wikipedia.