Stanley Reed Dies in Auto Accident on 15 Jul 2011

Stanley Reed, the Marianna farmer and lawyer who’d been a top contender yesterday for the job of University of Arkansas System president, died this morning in a one-vehicle accident about 9:45 a.m. on U.S. Highway 64 east of Augusta, about a mile east of Highway 33 in Woodruff County.

Stanley Reed, a University of Arkansas law school graduate, was from Marianna, Ark. He had been interviewed on Thursday as a candidate for president of the University of Arkansas. He was one of two finalists for the job.

In 2010, Reed ran as a Republican to unseat Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln. Citing health issues, his bid was short-lived.

Another driver who saw the accident told Woodruff County authorities Reed’s SUV, eastbound on a straight stretch of U.S. 64, veered off the road and hit a tree. He was dead when a trooper arrived at the scene, the State Police said. The vehicle reportedly drove straight off the road, without a sign of attempted correction as it left the highway. That led to speculation that Reed might have had a heart attack or other health problem that contributed to the accident. He reportedly was on an errand for his farm business.

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