A Gepp woman was killed Feb. 11 in a one-vehicle accident less than a mile from Highway 201 North in Mountain Home.
According to police, a green 1997 GMC SUV had been traveling east and struck a tree after running off a curve on County Road 792 in a sharp right turn.
The vehicle swerved off course 80 feet, leaving no skids, before running almost 43 feet on the shoulder of the road and striking a tree.
According to deputies, Nicole Crain, 20, of Gepp was seated right behind the driver. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Baxter County coroner.
Baxter County Chief Deputy Jeff Lewis said driver was probably Randy Campbell, 45, of Marion County.
Tammy Collins (also known as Tammy Huckabee), 42, of Gepp is Crain's mother and the fiance of Campbell. She was riding in the bucket seats at the front of the vehicle.
Authorities at first thought Collins had been the driver but now think it was Campbell.
Authorities said the surviving passengers commented on Campbell's reckless driving habits.
Cpl. Everett Uchtman of the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, who was the first officer on the scene, said he also smelled intoxicants in the vehicle, which Lewis said was alcohol. He also said he was present when Collins was notified of Crain's death, at which time she said, "He killed my baby."
Lacy Joseph, 19, of Alton, Mo., who was sitting next to Crain in the accident, is pregnant, was transported to Baxter Regional Hospital and then Cox Medical Center in Springfield afterward.
The other two passengers, George Moody of Mountain Home and Joseph Lombardo, 22, of Alton, Mo., received minor scrapes in the accident, according to authorities.
Lewis said Moody was not at the scene of the accident when authorities arrived. He said Moody walked away from the scene. Lewis did not know the reason.
Lewis said charges of negligent homicide or manslaughter could be filed against the driver of the vehicle depending on the final investigation.
He also said charges of obstructing government operations or hindering prosecution could be filed against passengers who gave false statements. He expects to make arrests.