The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office has requested felony charges be filed against a Greenbrier woman who was allegedly driving while intoxicated last month.
Reports show the request was made after the passenger who was in the vehicle later died from injuries sustained in the crash.
According to an incident report, 41-year-old Molly Irwin was driving a 2008 red Honda when she crashed shortly before 6:30 p.m. March 31 on Merritt Road in Greenbrier.
Authorities were initially notified that a woman had been ejected from a vehicle in a single-vehicle rollover accident when they located Irwin "lying on the right shoulder of the roadway" in the 200 block of Merritt Road.
The deputy who responded to the scene noted Irwin "had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from her person and the vehicle."
"Ms. Irwin was extremely upset due to her friend, Ms. Paula Reeves (victim), still [being] inside the vehicle," the deputy wrote in her report, also noting there were "several empty beer cans [inside] and around the vehicle."
Irwin reportedly told authorities she and Reeves each drank three shots of vodka "prior to driving home" on the night in question. Irwin was unable to provide the deputy with a time frame of when she drank, noting she was confused and did not know what time it was.
"When asked about how long ago she had consumed the alcohol, Ms. Irwin stated, 'I don't know. I don't even know what time it is,'" the incident report reads in part. "Several empty beer cans were located in and around the vehicle. An empty bottle of vodka was located in the backseat of the vehicle as well."
Both individuals — Irwin and Reeves, 44, of Star City — required medical attention following the crash. According to the incident report, Irwin was taken by ambulance to Conway Regional Medical Center and Reeves was flown to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock after being extricated from the vehicle.
Irwin was initially charged with driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license and careless and unsafe driving. Online records show she was also cited for not wearing a seat belt.
Chief Deputy Matt Rice said the sheriff's office has since requested additional charges be filed against Irwin after Reeves reportedly died from injuries sustained in the crash.
Records show Baptist Health Medical Center staff pronounced Reeves dead shortly before 1 a.m. April 2.
Twentieth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Luke Ferguson confirmed Friday that the prosecutor's office has received a felony file against Irwin.
"[W]e have a file, and we are reviewing it for felony charges," he said Friday.
Until prosecutors have fully reviewed the charges and evidence in Irwin's case, Ferguson said he is unsure if manslaughter or negligent homicide charges will be filed against Irwin.
Online records show Irwin is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. May 7 in district court regarding the misdemeanor charges that she currently faces.