Columbia businessman dies in crash in Arkansas

Authorities say a Columbia businessman lost his life over the weekend.

Ed Beets, Jr., 59, was heading east on Highway 270 outside Pine Bluff, Arkansas at around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities say Marsha Lynn Reed crossed the center of the road and collided with Beets. Both Reed and Beets were pronounced dead at the scene.

Beets owned a jewelry store in Columbia.

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