A Missouri woman who was driving a car that hit and killed a man in the early morning hours Wednesday had a blood alcohol level that was above the legal limit, police said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Thursday.
Nia Blade, 22, had a blood alcohol level of .09, exceeding the legal limit of .08, when a test was performed on her at the Pine Bluff Police Department. Dewayne Jackson, 45, was walking west in the traffic lane on the Martha Mitchell Expressway at about 3:40 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle driven by Blade, then by another vehicle.
Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:25 a.m. by Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley, who listed the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma. According to a report from police Traffic Officer Lloyd Parsley, when he arrived at the scene, he found a gold 1999 Nissan Maxima stopped in the left north bound land with heavy damage to the front fender and hood and with the windshield caved in and cracked.
Blade said she had turned right from University Drive going north, and the man was walking with his back to traffic in the left hand lane because the right hand lane was blocked by orange barrels indicating construction work. She said she did not see the man because it was dark and was raining, and when she hit the man, he was thrown into her windshield.
A second vehicle, a truck that was following closely behind Blade’s car, also hit Jackson; the driver of that vehicle told police he did not see Jackson. Parsley reported that when he talked to Blade, he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage, and Blade agreed to go to the police department for a breath alcohol test. After the test, Blade was arrested and charged with negligent homicide, DWI, driving on a suspended driver’s license and no proof of insurance.
According to a press release Wednesday, no charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the second vehicle. During a court appearance Thursday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Blade, who, according to the jail log, is form Grandvew, Missouri, with negligent homicide, a felony. Little Rock attorney Efrem Neely appeared at the court hearing and said he would be representing Blade.