West Memphis Police Chief Donald Oakes says the girl died at a hospital after the Thursday night crash at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Authorities say the driver may have suffered a medical condition that caused her to careen off the road and into the building. The police chief says investigators don't believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
A family friend who spoke with the Daily Mountain Eagle Friday identified the girl as Bella Rushing of Townley. Four other members of the girl’s family were also injured in the accident. Randall and Amanda Rushing, Bella’s parents, and her sister, 5-year-old Georgia Rushing, were all released from an Arkansas hospital Friday. Oakes told The Commercial Appeal in Memphis that a 54-year-old woman, also related to the family, is in critical but stable condition.
Friends of the Rushing family have established a fund at Wells Fargo Bank in Jasper. Anyone wishing to help with funeral expenses for Bella Rushing can donate to the Bella Rushing Benefit Memorial Fund at the Jasper bank.