Driver faces negligent homicide charge after fatal accident

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Neal Hagler

A Missouri woman died after a one-vehicle accident in Carroll County on Friday night, and the driver of the vehicle is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on multiple charges including negligent homicide.

According to a preliminary fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police, Neal S. Hagler, 19, of Berryville was driving a 2011 Chevrolet westbound on Carroll County Road 428 at 9:50 p.m. Friday when he failed to stop at the intersection of County Road 404 and struck a tree.

The State Police report says 20-year-old Destiny Mock of Golden, Mo., a passenger in the vehicle, was killed.

The report lists Hagler as being injured in the accident. The Carroll County Detention Center intake log indicates that Hagler was booked into the jail at 11:20 p.m. Friday on charges of second-degree battery, driving on a suspended license due to driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence/underage, possession of a controlled substance, purchase or possession by a minor and reckless driving.

By Tuesday afternoon, the second-degree battery charge had been changed to negligent homicide.

Hagler is expected to have his first judicial appearance on Friday.

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye said the CCSO is investigating the accident and no further details are available.

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