UPDATE: Woman arrested for negligent homicide after crashing car into backyard in Springdale


SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — UPDATE: A Springdale woman was arrested and charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide and two counts of 3rd-degree battery after she reportedly drove into the backyard of a Springdale home on Thursday, killing one woman and injuring two others.

According to a police report, Sheila Anna Kirkpatrick, 49, told authorities that “the last thing she remembered was the roundabout on Don Tyson until she woke up to people screaming.”

Sheila Anna Kirkpatrick, 49

When officers arrived at the scene of 4070 Butterfly Avenue in Springdale, they found a blue Nissan Altima, driven by Kirkpatrick, in the backyard, along with three people who had been hit by the car.

Ofelia Vasquez, 62, died from her injuries at a local hospital, and a three-year-old girl was airlifted to another.

A 34-year-old woman, Violet Rosales, suffered “non-life threatening” injuries.

Kirkpatrick submitted to a blood test at Northwest Medical before being transported to the Springdale Police Department, where she was advised that she was under arrest for negligent homicide and 3rd degree battery.


Three people were hit by a car that crashed through a fence and into a backyard in Springdale late Thursday.

According to Lt. Jeff Taylor with the Springdale Police Department, at around 8:15 p.m., a 49-year-old woman in a Nissan Altima drove off Hylton Road near the Willie George Park and into a fence, hitting three people before crashing into a home.

A 62-year-old woman was killed in the accident, and a three-year-old girl was airlifted to the hospital.

A third woman, 34, was also hit and is in stable condition.

The 49-year-old driver was the only passenger in the car and was not seriously injured, police said. The cause of the crash is under investigation, and the driver was taken to the hospital for a toxicology evaluation.

Police say they don’t believe alcohol was involved in the accident.

Stay with KNWA/FOX24 as we continue to learn more details.

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