A Pine Bluff woman who was involved in a fatal traffic accident Dec. 20 was arrested in connection with the death.
Eterra Pittman, 30, was taken into custody after police found her in the drivers seat of one of the cars in the accident which occurred at Blake Street/Camden Road (U.S. 79) and Miramar Drive.
A passenger in the other car, Katiedra Harris, 38, of Pine Bluff was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner April Davis.
The death was the 28th homicide recorded in Pine Bluff so far this year.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Chris Wieland, that accident was the second that Pittman had been involved in over a span of several minutes. At approximately 10:30 p.m., Officers were sent to the area of the Martha Mitchell Expressway and Blake Street in an attempt to locate an accident. When they arrived, they found car parts in the middle of the intersection, and an Infinity G37 that had been damaged.
The driver of the Infinity, who was not identified in the affidavit, said he was traveling east on the Expressway when a blue Ford Mustang ran the red light headed south on Blake Street and hit his vehicle before leaving the scene. A witness to the accident told police the Mustang was headed south on Blake Street at a high rate of speed and went around traffic that was stopped at the red light for southbound traffic. The witness said the Mustang did not stop at the light, hit the Infinity, then left the scene and continued south on Blake Street.
At approximately 10:31 p.m., officers were sent to the second accident and made contact with Pittman who had been driving the Mustang. They reported an odor of intoxicants from Pitman’s person and she was transported to Jefferson Regional for medical treatment. Standardized field sobriety tests were not performed because of injuries from the collision.
The driver of the other vehicle, Frederick Griffin, 37, of Pine Bluff said he was traveling north on Camden Road coming around the curve when his vehicle, a 1989 Buick Century, was struck head-on by the Mustang driven by Pittman.
According to the intake log at the adult detention center, Griffin was booked in on a charge of DWI on Dec. 21.
At 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 21, Wieland obtained a search warrant for a blood draw on Pittman that was signed by Judge Phillip Green. At approximately 3:15 a.m. he attempted to serve that warrant for a blood draw on Pittman. Wieland said when he attempted to explain the warrant, Pittman became aggressive and upset, and said she wasn’t going to allow anyone to take her blood.
Hospital staff decided to move Pittman to another room and she began to kick and scream. Wieland said in the affidavit. One of the nursing staff from the Emergency Room was in front of the bed and Pittman picked her foot up and kicked the nurse in the left hand, causing minor injuries. Nursing staff were able to complete the blood draw which was turned in to the police department evidence locker and will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.
On Dec. 23, Wieland and Detective Natalie McCool attempted to interview Pittman at the Police Department and while Wieland was reading Pittman her rights, she asked for an attorney.
On Tuesday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Pittman after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge her with Negligent Homicide, a felony.
She was also charged with DWI, driving 0n the wrong side of the road, suspended driver’s license, no proof of insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, disregarding a red light and failure to appear.
Pittman said she would hire her own attorney.