Arrest Made In October Teen Traffic Death

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man was arrested Thursday and charged with negligent homicide in the traffic death of a 14-year old back in October.

28-year old Jeremy Alan Craft of Jonesboro, the accused, was arrested and held in Craighead County Detention Center Thursday in lieu of $2,500 bond.  This is in connection with the October 4th death of 14-year old Nicholas Ditata of Jonesboro.

Witnesses say that Craft was drinking a beer while Ditata was nearby with him.  At around 12:15 a.m., Craft and Ditata were in a vehicle with Craft having a seat-belt on but Ditata not strapped in.  After they left, Craft returned a short time later.  Witness accounts say that when Craft returned to the location of the witness, he was covered in blood.

When the witness went to the scene, they found Ditata but were unable to save him.

Craft had told police that Ditata was driving when the wreck occurred but DNA evidence suggests otherwise.  This corroborates the witness's account that Craft had said he thought he killed the 14-year old.

If convicted of the Class C Felony, Craft faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.