Murder Charge Possible in Traffic Death of 14-Year-Old Girl

JANUARY 12, 2007 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CST

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say a woman could face a murder charge for the death of a 14-year-old school girl who was struck and killed after she'd gotten off a school bus in Pine Bluff.

Officials identified the victim as Elizabeth Cimprich, a student at Watson Chapel Junior High.

State police say 39-year-old Shannon L. Dopson fled the scene yesterday afternoon but was captured in Pine Bluff a short time after Elizabeth was struck. Dopson is charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal crash. State police say the investigation is still open and Dopson could face a murder charge.

Watson Chapel Superintendent Danny Knight arrived at the accident scene and tried to comfort the other students who were on the bus. Knight says most of the children were in shock when he arrived. Knight says he met with Elizabeth's mother, who saw the accident as the girl tried to cross the street to get to her house.

The accident happened yesterday afternoon on Highway 79 in Pine Bluff.

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