Tony Moser, a critic of the Arkansas Democratic Party political machine, was killed as he crossed a street in Pine Bluff 10 days after being named a columnist for the Democrat-Gazette newspaper and two days after penning
a stinging indictment of political corruption in Little Rock.
The free-lance writer died Saturday night after being struck in the middle of a busy road, according to Pine Bluff police, who have not yet released an official report on the incident.
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Police have concluded that no charges will be filed against the unnamed driver of a 1995 Chevrolet pickup, which hit Moser as he was walking alone in the middle of unlit Rhinehart Road about 10:10 p.m. Moser was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
Police say they have ruled out foul play and will file no charges against the driver because he was not intoxicated and there was no sign of excessive speed.
Moser, who was reportedly living in Pine Bluff, was a former 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 associate editor of the now-defunct Little Rock alternative paper Spectrum from 1986 to 1988. He was a reporter and columnist at the Arkansas Democrat before that.
His weekly column for the Democrat-Gazette began running June 1. His last column was published June 8.