Mena resident, 21 year old Chance Austen Manasco, was charged Tuesday with two felony counts in a Nashville, Arkansas courtroom. The charges stem from a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Howard County in February of this year. Manasco is charged with Negligent Homicide and First Degree Battery.
Arkansas State Police report Manasco was driving a Chevrolet Traverse on Highway 84 outside of Umpire, where he lost control of the vehicle. 19 year old Rachel Norman of Wickes, a passenger in the Traverse, died at the scene from her injuries. Manasco and three minors in the vehicle were injured.
Further in their report, Arkansas State troopers said they detected the smell of alcohol from Manasco. During testing the state crime lab found that Manasco had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. In their investigation Arkansas State Police determined that Manasco was travelling nearly 90 miles an hour before the fatal accident which claimed Norman’s life.