ROGERS, Ark. (KFTA) — The driver accused of causing a deadly crash in Rogers, who admitted to police he was on acid, is now facing a felony negligent homicide charge.
Andrew scheffler, 19, also faces several other charges, including robbery, breaking and entering, and driving while intoxicated.
He’s being held without bond.
The deadly two-car crash caused by Scheffler after investigators say he ran a stop light, took the life of Lindsay Frame, 26.
According to police, she was driving her car with three other passengers in the area of South 8th Street and West Price Lane in Rogers.
Family members of Frame say she leaves behind two children, an Addison, 8, and Nolan, 3.
A family member says Frame should be remembered as the generous, charismatic and loving person she was.
One of passengers is still in critical condition with several surgeries in the near future. The youngest passenger in stable condition for now.
“Realizing just how precious and fragile life is, to have it just extinguished in an instant like that is just a tragedy,” Rogers Police Public Information Officer Keith Foster said. “Here you have people that are going on about their life and the are doing their thing. They’re crossing the street to get to the other side of the road, and then through someone’s carelessness or negligence or whatever the case may be, then bam it’s over right there. To me that’s one of the greatest tragedies.”
Rogers police say while Scheffler was questioned by police, he told them, “I’m still lost in my mind on acid.”
“After the accident the driver of the silver vehicle that had ran the light got out of the vehicle, tried to leave the scene, tried to get into other people’s vehicles that were stopped there, eventually left on foot,” Foster said.
Scheffler, later located by an officer several blocks away, hit the officer in the face while being arrested and placed in the patrol car.
Rescue Captain Clint Bowen with the Rogers Fire Department was at the scene within minutes of the call.
“It was one of the more damaging to the vehicle in patient compartment wrecks that I’ve seen probably in my career,” Bowen said. “We find out a lot about this after the account. A lot of people who choose to do recreational drugs or whatever you want to call it, they can be so used to it so you’re not going to know it seeing them.”
In the meantime, the family will be going back and forth to Springfield while their loved ones recieve medical attention, while the community also mourns Frame’s loss.
“A lot of us, this is our hometown, born and raised and graduated high school here. Man, you hate running on people that you know and families that you know because this is — it goes a lot deeper than going home at the end of your shift,” Bowen said.
Epting Funeral Home in Bentonville will take donations towards the funeral costs or for the family as well.