Man charged with negligent homicide of Baxter Co. woman

Man charged with negligent homicide of Baxter Co. woman

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A man is charged with negligent homicide in connection to the death of a Baxter County woman.

According to a press release from the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a person who was trapped under a vehicle with injuries in the 8000-block of Highway 14 in Big Flat.

While Sheriff's Deputies were in route to the scene, they were advised the woman had died.

The woman was identified as 26-year-old Brandy Lynn Honeycutt.

The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Michael Scott Haddock of Southaven, Mississippi, told officials that he was assisting Honeycutt in changing a flat tire when the vehicle fell off of the jack and pinned her under the car.

However, a witness from inside the home told investigators a different story.

According to the press release, investigators found physical evidence that showed the woman had been hit by the vehicle then ran over.

Further investigation revealed that Haddock was driving the vehicle.

Haddock then reportedly walked to a relative's house about a mile away to inform them about what happened.

The release noted that Haddock passed several other houses along the way where he could have called 911.

No call was made once he arrived at his relative's house either.

Instead, he told other people in the area, who then went to the scene to see if they could help.

That is when the victim's husband woke up and was told what happened.

It wasn't until then that 911 was called and emergency crews headed to the scene.

Once medical assistance arrived the vehicle was lifted off of the Honeycutt.

Investigators found that all four tires were fully inflated and had no apparent defect.

The victim was pronounced dead by the Baxter County Coroner at 2:14 a.m.

Honeycutt's body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner's Office in Little Rock for an autopsy.

Haddock later admitted to the investigator that he had drunk a "significant amount" of whiskey over a short time period.

He was arrested and taken to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office.

Haddock is charged with negligent homicide.

He is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

He will appear in Baxter County Circuit Court on May 19.

The incident is still under investigation and, according to the press release, additional arrests are possible for obstructing the investigation.

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