HARRISBURG — A Jonesboro man was released on a $5,000 bond Monday after his involvement in a fatal accident on Interstate 555.
Around 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Arkansas State Police responded to a one-vehicle crash that occurred north of Tyronza, at the 11-mile marker, Trooper Tommy Fitzgerald testified Monday.
According to the Arkansas Department of Transportation, crews are milling and inlaying roads on a 13-mile stretch in the area.
Fitzgerald said a construction worker, Preston Bradfield, 22, of Kansas City, was dead and a vehicle was flipped over in the ditch when he arrived on the scene.
Emergency medical services were giving medical treatment to Kristopher Gould, 26, at that time, he said.
According to a preliminary crash summary released by ASP, Gould crossed over the barrels placed along the interstate and struck Bradfield. The weather was clear and the roads were dry at the time of the accident, it read.
When talking to Gould, Fitzgerald said he smelled ”an odor of intoxicants.” The suspect told him that he had “six or seven beers but wasn’t drunk.”
His blood was drawn at the scene and at a local hospital for analysis, he said.
District Court Judge Ron Hunter found probable cause to charge Gould with negligent homicide, possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and failure to maintain control.
Negligent homicide is either a Class B felony or Class A misdemeanor, according to Arkansas penal code. If test results prove Gould was intoxicated during the crash, he could be charged with the felony and face up to 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Fitzgerald said a charge of driving while intoxicated may be filed against Gould at a later date, as the blood results were unavailable. An incident report was also unavailable due to ASP’s ongoing investigation into the matter, he said.