PINE BLUFF, AR – In November 2014, two University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) students Balton Coleman, and Treston Hawkins were involved in a deadly pedestrian accident in Pine Bluff.

Balton, his girlfriend, and Treston were out and about when they ran out of gas on Olive and Main Street. Balton and Treston than got out of the car and pushed while Balton’s girlfriend steered the vehicle, when a 2008 Chevrolet Van, also going south on Olive, struck the two men and the rear of the Blazer.

Unfortunately, Balton died following the accident, and Treston received severe leg injuries which both of his legs were amputated above the knee.

Since the accident, Treston has regained his strength by returning to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to finish his education. He continues where he left off as a dedicated and self-starting individual as well as an advocate for his university. Treston also recently pledged as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and received other honors on behalf of the unfortunate that happened to him.

Campus photographer and videographer Archie Howard has produced a short student film entitled Standing Tall: Treston Hawkins Story, which reveals the untold story of Treston where he talks about the night of the accident, the final moments with Balton, and the long road to recovery for him.

Balton was part of the class of 2016, and during the spring 2016 Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2016, UAPB staff member Joyce Bracy Vaughan presented recognition to all of the fallen UAPB Golden Lions of the Class of 2016 which included Balton Coleman and his family.

Watch Standing Tall: Treston Hawkins Story below:



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