Pocahontas man sentenced to prison for vehicular homicide

Pocahontas man sentenced to prison for vehicular homicide

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A Pocahontas man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for vehicular homicide.

Nicholas Derek Hopkins, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of negligent homicide in the death of Amanda Byrley.

He also admitted to driving while under the influence when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway on Pyburn Extended in the early morning hours of August 2, 2014.

The vehicle struck a tree, killing Byrley and injuring another passenger.

Byrley was pronounced dead on the scene.

Hopkins is in the Randolph County Sheriff's Department's custody right now and will be transferred to the Arkansas Department of Correction to serve his sentence.

Police said officers had approached Hopkins earlier the day of the wreck as he was attempting to drive a car to Five Rivers Medical Center.

According to a news release, officers told Hopkins not to drive after they smelled alcohol.

After the crash, Hopkins told officers that he had made Byrley let him drive.

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