A newspaper columnist critical of the Arkansas political machine was
killed near his home in Pine Bluff after being struck by a pickup truck.
Free-lance writer Tony Moser, who began writing a political opinion
column for the
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette June 1, died Saturday night from a broken neck after being struck by a pickup truck driven by a 76-year-old from nearby Jefferson. The accident occurred within days after his having penned a
column naming names and leveling corruption charges against the state Democratic Party.
According to a Pine Bluff police report obtained by WorldNetDaily, Moser was walking alone along “unlit Rhinehart Road about 10:10 p.m.” when he was struck by the driver of a 1995 Chevrolet pickup driven by Charles Mack Waters. By the time Waters saw Moser, the report said, it was too late to avoid hitting him.
Pine Bluff police, who said they have already ruled out any “foul play,” also said that the driver of the truck was neither intoxicated nor driving too fast. A blood alcohol test was performed on Waters, the police report said, but came back negative. Police have said no charges would be filed against Waters.
Maria Hill, Moser’s sister, told WorldNetDaily on Monday that her brother often walked, ostensibly for exercise, though she didn’t know if he normally walked a regular routine or at a specific time.
While she said that Moser was “an outspoken journalist” who often “wrote what was on his mind,” she said she didn’t know if he had any enemies or if he had received any threats since beginning his weekly column for the Little Rock newspaper.
However, she did say that the local coroner told family members that it appeared as though Moser had just stepped off the curb before being hit. According to the police report and accident diagram obtained by WND, however, Moser’s body came to rest in the middle of the street, with his right shoe slightly off the right side of the road about 10 feet away.
Further, the police diagram shows Waters’ vehicle parked across the center line upon the arrival of police officers, after hitting Moser.
Hill told WorldNetDaily that her mother took ill upon hearing of her son’s death and is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.
Before beginning his column at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Moser was an editor of the Little Rock Free Press, a biweekly alternative newspaper, from which he resigned in 1995. Before that, he wrote free-lance reviews for the Free Press as well as feature pieces for the Democrat-Gazette. Moser was also associate editor of the now-defunct Little Rock alternative paper Spectrum from 1986 to 1988, and he was a reporter and columnist at the Arkansas Democrat before that.