Man riding hood of Mercedes in Desha County dies in accident

A 21-year-old McGehee man who was riding on the hood of a Mercedes in Desha County was killed early Tuesday morning, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report.

Rhett Runyan, 21, of McGehee, was riding on the hood of a 2013 Mercedes traveling west on Highway 208 at Halley early Tuesday morning and for some unknown reason, Runyan left the hood of the vehicle and hit the roadway, according to Arkansas State Trooper Taylor W. Woods’ preliminary accident report.

The accident occurred at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday. Travel conditions at the time of the accident were described as raining and the roadway was wet, according to the accident report.

The driver of the Mercedes, who was not identified in the accident report, was not injured.

Runyan’s death was the 82nd reported so far this year on an Arkansas roadway.

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