BENTONVILLE -- A Bella Vista man was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in connection with a woman's death in a car crash.
Tyler Mathews, 33, pleaded guilty Monday, Nov. 7, to manslaughter and battery. Janette McKinney, Mathews' attorney, reached the plea deal with Zach Morton, deputy prosecutor. Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green accepted the plea agreement and Mathews' guilty plea.
The plea related to a vehicle crash into Siloam Springs Intermediate School on Feb. 28, 2021. Natalia Wiggins, 25, of Bella Vista was a passenger in the car; she died about a week later from injuries she suffered in the crash, according to court documents.
Desa Watkins, another passenger who was 18 at the time, was injured, according to court documents.
Mathews was accused of recklessly driving his car into the school, causing Wiggins' death and injuring Watkins, according to court documents.