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February 04, 2013
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Ark. cop hit, killed by drunk driver

He was directing traffic following another accident when the suspect hit him

By PoliceOne Staff

CONWAY, Ark. — An officer died shortly after he was hit while directing traffic at the scene of another accident on Friday.

Officer William McGary, 26, remained in serious condition in the hours following the accident, before succumbing to his injuries at a hospital in Little Rock, according to ODMP.

The driver of the vehicle, Barry Strickland, 31, was arrested on the scene and charged with first degree battery, DWI, careless driving, and disobeying a police officer, according to Today’s THV.

Public information officer LaTresha Woodruff said McGary's family was very proud that he was a member of the Conway Police Department and was appreciative of all the outpouring of support. McGary had been with the department only two years. 

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