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Negligent homicide, battery arrest warrant issued for man accused of driving wrong way on I-30 in Texarkana

Woman and infant killed in accident, child dies Thursday by Lori Dunn | March 30, 2023 at 11:58 a.m.
A police officer works the scene of a fatal accident Tuesday night, March 28, 2023, on Interstate 30. The accident was near the two-mile marker at the Four States Fairgrounds exit in the westbound lane, according to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department. Police are asking motorists to avoid this area. (Photo by JD)

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- An arrest warrant for negligent homicide and first-degree battery has been issued for Richard Gabriel Lopez.

Lopez is accused of driving the wrong way Tuesday on Interstate 30 and causing an accident that claimed the lives of a woman, an infant and a toddler.

Lopez, 43, has a San Antonio address, according to the warrant signed by Miller County Circuit Judge Carlton Jones.

Lopez was driving a 2015 Ford Mustang eastbound in the westbound lane of I-30 at 6:41 p.m. Tuesday when he collided with a 2017 Kia Optima driven by Takeyah Latin, according to an affidavit signed by Arkansas State Police Capt. John Rhone.

Lopez's front passenger side collided with Latin's front passenger side.

Lopez's vehicle came to rest in the highway facing north. Latin's vehicle came to rest in the median facing east.

JaBrea Conway, 24, and a male infant, who were passengers in the Optima, were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to the affidavit.

A 4-year-old girl who was seriously injured died Thursday at Arkansas Children's Hospital, according to the state police.

Two other women in the Optima were seriously injured, according to the affidavit.

One of the women in the vehicle told police that they were traveling from Hope to Texarkana to celebrate another child's birthday at Chuck-E-Cheese.

Lopez's girlfriend, Arianna Para, told police she had been driving the Mustang until they stopped at the Flying J near the 7-mile marker to get gas. Para said that's when Lopez jumped into the driver's seat of the Mustang and drove away, according to the affidavit.

At the scene, Lopez refused to give his name and appeared to be impaired, according to the affidavit.

Lopez was also injured and remains hospitalized in Texarkana.

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