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Woman sentenced for killing Bell County tow truck driver

BELTON, TX - The woman who admitted hitting and killing a tow truck driver in Harker Heights back in May of 2017 won't spend any time in jail. 

A judge gave Sybil Warrick 5 years deferred adjudication on a count of criminal negligent homicide. Warrick pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this year. 

It was  May 11, 2017 when driver Scott Bowles pulled up to work the accident a little after 6:00 a.m. on Westbound Highway 190/I-14 near the Nola Ruth Bridge.

A police spokesman said he had his emergency lights operating, had gotten out of the tow truck and was walking back to hook up the vehicle to be towed when he was hit by the passing minivan.

Police say he lost his right leg in the crash and was taken to Seton Hospital in Harker Heights.

Police say he was pronounced dead by a justice of the peace at the hospital at 7:58 a.m.

As emergency vehicles arrived and people in the eastbound lanes began to slow to see what was going on, other minor crashes occurred on that side of the freeway, effectively blocking traffic in both directions during rush hour.

Police reported that the driver of the minivan did stop.

Fort Smith Police arrested Warrick at her home on Belle Street almost a year later.

We're told prosecutors worked the the Bowles family when discussing the plea deal for Warrick.


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