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Cordova woman faces homicide charge after driving on wrong side of I-40

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Sheila Ellard, 48, of Nesbit, Mississippi was driving east on I-40 near mile marker 283 when a vehicle driving westbound in the eastbound lane sideswiped her truck and caused it to spin. Sheila Ellard, 48, of Nesbit, Mississippi was driving east on I-40 near mile marker 283 when a vehicle driving westbound in the eastbound lane sideswiped her truck and caused it to spin.
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(WMC-TV) - One person is dead following a Tuesday night crash involving at least two vehicles in West Memphis, Arkansas.

A Crittenden County sheriff's deputy says one of the vehicles was going the wrong way on I-40 Eastbound just before the new bridge, when it collided with another vehicle head on.

Authorities said Sheila Ellard, 48, of Nesbit, Mississippi was driving east on I-40 near mile marker 283 when a vehicle driving westbound in the eastbound lane sideswiped her vehicle and caused it to spin.

Ellard was thrown from her vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wednesday, Ellard's husband, Rickey, described his ex-wife as fun-loving, hard-working, and an extra careful driver.

"She was always five miles under the speed limit, with both hands on the wheel," he said.

The driver of the other vehicle, Kelli Isaac, 25, of Cordova, Tennessee was injured and taken to Crittenden Regional Hospital.

After the crash, Isaac was charged with negligent homicide, careless driving, and no liability insurance.

"I hope she has time to sit in that jail and think about what she has done," Ricky Ellard said. "And I hope it eats her inside, and I hope she lives a miserable life for the rest of her life. I hope it haunts her everyday."

Ellard said he was told Isaac has prior DUI offenses and should not have been driving. Wednesday, he struggled to face life without his wife of 17 years.

"She's gone," he said. "We'll never see her again. Just keep her in your heart. Just remember her. That would make her happy."

Shiela Ellard leaves behind four grown children, and six grandchildren.

Isaac, meanwhile, was set to face a judge Wednesday afternoon.

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