• Dennis McCaslin

Fort Smith woman pleads no contest in Texas negligent vehicular homicide



A Fort Smith woman --who was in a wheelchair with a blanket over her legs--pleaded no contest to the charge of criminally negligent homicide in Belton, Texas at a hearing on Thursday and her sentencing was set for 9 a.m. on Febuary 19.

Sybil Warrick was at the Bell County Justice Center Friday for a status hearing that would decide the next step in a case against her.

Scott Bowles was killed on May 11, 2017, while loading a disabled vehicle onto the back of his tow truck off Interstate 14 in Harker Heights.

Warrick, 56, was charged with criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony, in connection with Bowles’ death

She could be sentenced to probation or state jail term for up to two years, but it could be as little as 180 days, according to the Texas Penal Code.

Bowles, 39, was struck by a minivan in the westbound lane of Interstate 14 that amputated his right leg below the knee. Bowles later died at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights.

She was last in Bell County in May 2018 when she was extradited to the Bell County Jail. She was released a few days later on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.