Neighbor remembers crash victim for her helpful ways


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It will take some time for Delores Bankston to get used to the empty chair across the street. It used to be Colleen Shields’ spot.

“She was always there to help you any way she could. Always there if you needed prayer, she was a great prayer warrior,” Bankston said.

Bankston says she will remember Shields’ smile the most. At this time, the reason behind the crash that killed Shields is not known, but people who travel through the Arkadelphia area say it’s dangerous.

“I have an 8-year-old, and he goes to Tuggle Elementary, so I’m going this way periodically every day,” said driver Deciar Jones. “You have plenty of cars that run traffic lights, and that’s why there are accidents on this highway.”

Vicky Kennedy says it’s hard to get out of the area sometimes. “Too many ambulances because of the hospital down the street,” Kennedy said.

Even when drivers are able to get onto the interstate, there are still no guarantees. One of the cars involved in the Thursday wreck was able to cross into other lanes and slam into Shields’ car, just missing the concrete barrier in the median.

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