Disclaimer: Information obtained from an Arkansas State Police fatal crash summary represents only the initial findings by an investigating law enforcement officer. The summaries are not considered official reports of a highway crash investigation, but merely a summary of preliminary information presented to an investigating officer. The information contained in a summary may not represent the facts eventually placed on file in the official final report. Rain was determined to be a contributing factor after a fatal accident occurred on Interstate 40 over the weekend. At 9:45 p.m. Friday, April 23, the Arkansas State Police, Pope County EMS 132, Pope County Sheriff’s Office, the Atkins Fire Department and Pope County EMS Rescue were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian that occurred on Interstate 40 at the 97 mile marker eastbound in Pope County. Upon receiving the 911 call, a Pope County dispatcher advised emergency responders and law enforcement that she could only hear someone panicking and an open line. After attempting to speak to the 911 caller, the dispatcher advised that she believed the caller stated that there had been an accident involving a pedestrian and there was a fatality. After attempting to obtain the caller’s location, the call disconnected . After attempting to return the call, the dispatcher pinged the location where the 911 call had been made. After receiving the location that was determined to be at on I-40 near the 97 mile marker, the information was relayed to responders. Upon the arrival of Pope County EMS 132, they located the accident after observing an 18-wheeler on the shoulder of the interstate, parked with its emergency flashers on. EMS personnel then found a small white SUV off of the roadway near a wood line on the south shoulder. Upon making contact with the occupants of the SUV, they advised EMS personnel that they were not injured but stated they had struck a pedestrian. EMS personnel were directed to the victim’s location and as the Arkansas State Police and Pope County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene, they informed the officers that the pedestrian was deceased. Pope County EMS 132 informed dispatch of the information, advised that there was no entrapment in the accident, and requested the response of the Pope County Coroner’s Office. Dispatch then contacted Pope County EMS Rescue 140 by radio and advised they could cancel their response. Although there was no entrapment in the accident, the Atkins Fire Department continued their response and upon arrival, they assisted on scene for a short period of time and then returned to their station available for service. After confirming the occupants of the SUV had not sustained injuries, EMS personnel relayed the information to dispatch and advised that they refused treatment and transport. At that time, EMS 132 advised dispatch that they were available for service. Troopers with the Arkansas State Police began their investigation of the crash and deputies with the Pope County Sheriff’s Office assisted by conducting traffic control. After completing a preliminary investigation, it was determined by ASP that the accident occurred as the 2018 Kia Soul was traveling eastbound on I-during a period of heavy rainfall. As the the Kia approached the 97 mile marker, it began to hydroplane before exiting the roadway to the right. As the vehicle traveled off the roadway, it struck the pedestrian, determined to be the driver of a semi that was outside of his vehicle off of the south shoulder. The pedestrian, identified as Timothy Cook, 33 of Suffolk, Virginia was killed in the accident and pronounced on scene by the Pope County Coroner’s Office. When the accident occurred it was raining and the roadway was wet. Cook’s body was transported and is being held at the Pope County Coroner’s Office. His next-of-kin has been notified.