Dump truck driver sentenced to 40 years in deadly crash

Dump truck driver sentenced to 40 years in deadly crash

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A Newport man has been sentenced to 40 years in person after the deaths of 3 people, including an unborn child, nearly 3 years ago.

In a news release, Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce stated Kevin Thomas Long, 37, entered a guilty plea Tuesday to 3 counts of negligent homicide and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

Long admitted to crossing the center line on Arkansas Highway 226 in Jackson County while driving a dump truck in October 2012. He struck a vehicle driven by Andrea Benham.

Benham, her sister Felicia Davis, and Davis' unborn child were killed in the crash. Benham's two children in the back seat survived.

Boyce stated Long's blood was tested by the Arkansas Crime Lab and "intoxicating levels" of meth were found in his system at the time of the collision.

Long entered a guilty plea to possessing a large amount of meth during a traffic stop in March 2013.

He will serve his sentence in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

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