Fort Smith, Ark. Woman Charged In Death Of Pedestrian

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A Fort Smith woman has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of a Kansas man who was struck by the woman’s pickup truck.

Authorities say 51-year-old Vicki Lee Fielding was making a left-hand turn in the pickup shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday when she struck and killed 20-year-old Nathanael DeJarnett of Wellington, Kansas in the center left-turn lane of a Fort Smith street.

Fielding said she did not see DeJarnett until he walked into the path of her truck.

The negligent homicide charge was filed Thursday after a preliminary autopsy report listed DeJarnett’s cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries.

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