A Siloam Springs man pleads not guilty of negligent homicide following a DWI crash, that resulted in the death of his step-son.
Michael Guest, 38, was arraigned in Benton County and appeared before County Circuit Judge Brad Karren, Monday, February 11.
On January 3, Guest crashed his vehicle into a fountain at U.S. 412 and E. Main Street in Siloam Springs around 10 p.m. Guest’s step-son was inside the vehicle at the time and later died from his injuries, according to court documents.
Eleven-year-old Tyler Hammett was taken to Siloam Springs Regional Hospital and later to a Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospital where he died, according to a court affidavit.
Guest’s charges, in addition to negligent homicide, include first-degree felony of endangering the welfare of a minor and a first-degree misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated.
If convicted of negligent homicide charge he faces up to 20 years in prison and up to six years in prison if convicted of child endangerment.
Guest was appointed a public defender. He is out of jail after posting a $75,000 bond. A jury trial is set for June 26 at 8 a.m.