Texarkana man charged with negligent homicide in fatal October crash

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TEXARKANA, Ark.: A Texarkana man has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with a wreck in October that took a woman’s life.

John Cochran, 40, was allegedly traveling at twice the posted speed limit as he drove a 2004 BMW northbound on U.S. Highway 71 on the afternoon of Oct. 14. Rebecca Hill French, 65, was allegedly driving westbound on East Third Street in a 2006 Taurus when she made an illegal turn.

Cochran, who had the right of way, struck the driver’s side of the Taurus, which spun into an abandoned building.

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Blood results received in January allegedly show Cochran had a blood alcohol level of .09. Driver’s may be charged with driving while intoxicated at .08 or higher.

Cochran faces a fine up to $15,000, five to 20 years in prison, or both, if convicted. He is currently free on a $25,000 bond.

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