UPDATE: Police report released for deadly UCA car accident

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CONWAY, Ark. — The police report for the car accident that killed Rebekah Harpool on Wed. Jan 8 has been released.

The report contained more details on the incident from Officer Christopher Vasquez of the UCA Police Department.

He stated in the report he responded to a call about an accident in the parking lot near the school’s cafeteria faculty parking lot.

When he arrived he found Rebekah Harpool, who was breathing at the time, and he attempted to get a response from her while calling emergency responders.

The driver of the car told Vasquez he was driving and looking for a parking spot when he hit her. The driver stated that he never saw Harpool. The driver also said he was never on his phone and was just looking for a parking spot.

Harpool was then taken to UAMS as her condition worsened according to Officer Vasquez.


Funeral arrangements for Rebekah Harpool have been announced. St. James United Methodist church will host the funeral on Tuesday the 14.

Services in honor of Rebekah’s life will be held at Fellowship Bible Church on Tuesday, January 14th at 10:00am (Fellowship’s address is 1401 Kirk Road, Little Rock, AR, 72223)

Original Story:

CONWAY, Ark.- Friends and family are mourning the loss of 19-year-old Rebekah Harpool.

Thursday morning, the University of Central Arkansas student died after being hit by a car on campus.

“It was really heartbreaking, very very difficult,” said Josh Wilson, Childhood friend of Rebekah,

“They were letting us go in a few at a time to say our goodbyes,” said Catherine Finne, Childhood friend of Rebekah.

Josh Wilson and Catherine Finne have been friends with Rebekah Harpool since they were little kids, they grew up together.

Thursday morning the two of them had to say goodbye to their third musketeer.

“Eventually her mom let me go back there and just hold her hand and talk to her,” said Finne, “I’m just so glad I got to see her one last time.”

Around 7:30 Wednesday night, Rebekah was walking on the UCA campus when she was hit by a car.

School Officials say the driver was a UCA student.

Hours later she died from her injuries, surrounded by family and friends.

“I loved being able to see her and just say goodbye,” said Wilson.

Josh and Catherine said before saying their goodbyes, everyone talked about their favorite memories with Rebekah.

Josh and Catherines’ favorite memory happened to be the same.

“My favorite memories were the Sundays we would spend together,” said Wilson.

“At Sunday dinners, when we were kids so a lot of us would just go play outside, we would play all these games and swing on the swing sets and that’s just a precious memory in my heart,” said Finne.

“She’s going to live through other people. I think she is with everyone who knew her and she’s living in their hearts. I know she’s living in my heart and I’m going to carry her memory and I’m not going to forget any of the things she’s done for me and for others,” said Wilson.

Funeral plans are still underway.

UCA police are still investigating the crash.

Rebekah was a member of the Wesley Foundation on campus.

Rev Blake Langson released the following statement:

Rebekah was an amazing young woman, and a conscientious, caring member of our ministry. From our shared service in the Conway Public Schools to her friendships, Rebekah gave everything she had, and left an indelible impression on those she encountered. She was an unrepeatable miracle of God, a true friend, and deeply caring person. Even in the midst of this tragedy, her light is a reminder to us at the UCA Wesley and at UCA that we all have a responsibility to care for one another and live life to the fullest. Her music, laughter, and spirit will be sorely missed, but fondly remembered.
–the students of the UCA Wesley Methodist Campus Ministry


CONWAY, Ark. — It has been confirmed that the driver who hit UCA student Rebekah Harpool was also a UCA student.


CONWAY, Ark. — UCA President Houston Davis sent out a letter to faculty today about the death of one of their students that was hit by a car Wednesday night.

Sophomore Rebekah Harpool was a Presidential Scholar from Little Rock who was part of the Schedler Honors College who was pursuing a degree in Special Education.

You can read the full letter below.

Faculty, Staff and Students,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that one of our students, Rebekah Harpool, has passed away. Rebekah, a Presidential Scholar from Little Rock, was a sophomore in the Schedler Honors College who was pursuing a degree in Special Education. She passed away from injuries sustained after being accidentally struck by a vehicle Wednesday in the parking lot east of the HPER Center.

There are no words to convey the depth of pain that our UCA family feels over the loss of one of our students. Rebekah’s passing is incredibly sad and her UCA classmates, along with faculty and staff, are heartbroken at this news. We have seen over the past few hours how cherished that she is by the Harpool family and their close friends. We join them in mourning the loss of a very special young woman.

We recognize that the death of a student affects the entire campus community. Please keep each other close and lean on one another for support in the coming days and weeks. The UCA Counseling Center is available to anyone who feels they need to talk to someone. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please reach out.

UCA President Houston Davis


CONWAY, Ark. — A University of Central Arkansas (UCA) student was hit by a car on campus and later died this morning.

On January 8, at approximately 7:32 p.m., the UCA Police Department, Conway Police Department, Conway Fire Department, and MEMS responded to a car accident involving a UCA sophomore.

The accident happened in the parking lot east of the HPER Center on UCA campus.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment, and passed away this morning.

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