Man charged with negligent homicide in fatal crash

Man charged with negligent homicide in fatal crash
Joshua T. Wilson (Source: Mississippi Co, Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Blytheville man has been charged with negligent homicide after investigators say he was intoxicated at the time of a fatal crash.

Joshua Wilson, 31, is free on a $100,000 bond following his arraignment Wednesday in Osceola District Court.

Blytheville police said Wilson had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .12 when his 2012 Nissan Altima collided Sunday night with a 2004 Dodge Stratus driven by Ray McLaurin, 51, at the corner of Ruddle Road and Cherry Streets.

McLaurin was westbound on Cherry, according to a news release from Lt. John Frazier, and came to a stop at the stop sign before pulling out into the path of Wilson's car which was northbound on Ruddle.

McLaurin died at the scene.

During the investigation, Wilson reportedly told officers he was traveling at approximately 45 miles an hour and "could not stop" when McLaurin pulled into his path.

"Officers detected an odor of intoxicants coming from Wilson's person and gave him a breathalyzer test," Frazier said. "Wilson produced a breath sample that was .12, which one-and-a-half times higher than the legal limit."

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