JONESBORO — A rural Jonesboro man has been sentenced to eight years in jail for killing a lady in a site visitors accident and leaving the scene with out notifying authorities.
The Craighead County Sheriff’s Workplace responded to the world of Craighead 304 and Craighead 307 after the being notified by an OnStar car security system, in accordance courtroom paperwork.
Darrell Sofa, 40, pleaded responsible Monday to 2 felony fees: negligent murder and obligation to stay on the scene of an accident.
Along with his jail time, Decide Cindy Grace Thyer suspended imposition of further sentencing for six years.
Investigators mentioned Sofa was touring southbound on Craighead 307 when he didn’t cease at a cease signal. Sofa drove his 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe via the intersection and into a close-by ditch, it learn.
Deputies discovered a lady, Kayla Tarlton, 35, of Greene County, contained in the car. She was pronounced useless on the scene, a possible trigger affidavit states.
Investigators mentioned Sofa’s mom advised them her son known as her for assist. She later transported him from her house to the sheriff’s workplace.
Throughout an interview, Sofa advised investigators that he drank “just a few beers earlier within the day,” the affidavit learn. Whereas touring from the sufferer’s house on Arkansas 141, he mentioned he swerved to overlook a deer then ran right into a ditch.
“Sofa mentioned that he panicked and left the scene with out calling the police. Sofa mentioned that he known as his mom to come back get him,” the affidavit learn. “He by no means checked on the feminine passenger.”
As regulation enforcement responded to the OnStar alert, Sofa mentioned he was strolling away, calling his mom, who picked him up shortly after that, in accordance with the affidavit.
Sofa reportedly admitted to beforehand consuming marijuana and taking a hydrocodone tablet from his mom after the accident for the ache he incurred.