Former Leachville resident injured in bomb blast

Thursday, February 12, 2009

West Memphis physician Dr. Trent Pierce, 54, formerly of Leachville, was injured on Wednesday morning, Feb.4, when a bomb exploded outside his home as he prepared to leave for work around 8 a.m. Reports indicate the bomb had been placed on or near his car, a white Lexus hybrid. The explosion shattered the front of his vehicle and could be heard nearly a mile away.

Dr. Pierce is a 1972 graduate of Leachville High School. He was salutatorian of his class and named Outstanding Student of the Year of his High School Class. He also is a graduate of Arkansas State University and the Uiversity of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Pierce.

Dr. Pierce, chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board since 2007, was appointed to the state medical board in January 1997 and reappointed in 2005 by then Governor Mike Huckabee.

The board issues medical licenses that allow physicians to practice in the state. It has the power to dicipline doctors and other medical professionals.

Pierce was due in Little Rock on Wednesday afternoon to attend two board subcommittee meetings, as well as the board's regular meeting Thursday and Friday.

Pierce suffered burns and lost one eye in the explosion and has undergone several surgeries.

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