PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. – A security officer employed with the Pulaski County Special School District was fatally injured  outside of Joe T. Robinson Elementary on the first day of school, Monday, August 14, 2023.

Security officer, Victor Montgomery, was directing traffic early Monday morning on Highway 10/Cantrell Road between Robinson High School and Robinson Elementary when the accident happened. A vehicle traveling westbound struck the employee, dragging him several yards in the road before coming to a stop. Another PCSSD employee on the scene immediately called 911. The employee was taken to the hospital to be treated for several injuries. Sadly, Officer Montgomery passed away this morning from those injuries.

PCSSD is very upset and saddened that this accident happened. It is imperative for motorists to slow down in school zones. There are three schools within walking distance of each other in this area of Highway 10/Cantrell Road. There is absolutely no reason for any motorist to drive above the speed limit in this area any time of day, much less during school drop off and pick up time. This could have been avoided if motorists were more attentive and aware of their surroundings while driving in school zones. 

“Officer Montgomery may be gone but he will not be forgotten,” said Dr. Jay Pickering, principal of Joe T. Robinson High School. “Paw Paw will forever be in our hearts and the halls of Robinson High.”

Officer Montgomery has been with PCSSD for seven years, all spent in the Robinson area serving Robinson High School and assisting with traffic at the elementary school. We’re all neighbors out in the Robinson community. This could have been prevented with mindful driving and paying more attention in our school zones.