Police: Driver in Deadly Crash Tests Positive for Prescription Drugs

Published 09/02 2014 02:59PM

Updated 09/02 2014 03:02PM

PRAIRIE GROVE - There's new information about a car accident that killed a jogger in Prairie Grove earlier this summer.

The blood test results for the driver in that crash, Jason Purvis, have come back from the Arkansas State Crime Lab. According to police, Purvis tested positive for benzodiazepines, which are often prescribed for anxiety or muscle relaxation. Common names include Valium and Xanax.

In July, officers say Purvis was driving on Highway 62 in Prairie Grove when he veered into the shoulder and hit Deborah Hildebrand, 46.

Purvis was driving home from working an overnight shift when he hit Hildebrand. Investigators say Purvis was not on his cell phone at the time of the accident, but that he did admit to taking diazepam around 2 a.m. Diazepam is a form of a benzodiazepine.

He was cited for reckless driving, negligent homicide and driving right of center, all misdemeanors. Investigators say they will now send the blood test results to prosecutors for review.

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