94-Year-Old Eureka Springs Woman Dies After Benton County Accident

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – A 94-year-old Eureka Springs woman is dead after a vehicle accident in rural Benton County this morning (March 4) at Arkansas 12 and Arkansas 303 North, police say.

Elaine Holland, 94, was riding in a 2014 Honda CR-V sport utility vehicle with another passenger identified as Darlene Burmeister, 72, of Eureka Springs, when the SUV was struck by a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck, according to a crash report. The pickup truck was being driven by a 16-year-old boy with another 16-year-old boy in the passenger seat, police said.

The driver of the pickup truck failed to make a curve, lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line and slammed into the SUV head on, according to police.

Burmeister and the 16-year-old passenger in the truck were both injured from the crash, and Holland died, the report states.

All three were taken to Mercy Hospital in Rogers, according to police.

The road was wet, and it was raining at the time of the accident, the report states.

Police said the accident happened at 9:50 a.m.


  • judys

    did the teenager’s parents know the 2 underage boys were driving around in these conditions? was his drivers license valid? insurance? there’s going to be a lot to answer for… for the driver’s parents as well as the driver. feel for the victims & family

    • Alexis Kenney

      You have no idea what you are talking about you need to stop. I know the people personally and you are hurting the family. Maybe you should get your facts straight before you start running your mouth. They feel terrible for what happened and they definitely don’t need you adding to it!!!!!! STOP!!!!!!

  • jriley

    So where is the manslaughter charge? He needs more to remember this tragic careless act than a slap on the wrist.

    • judys

      agreed. the driver’s a minor, so the parents should also be held responsible too. but nothing can replace a life. tragic for everyone

    • Alexis Kenney

      It is more than just a slap on the wrist!!! They both know what happens and they a grieving. They don’t need you adding on this!!! Maybe you need to understand where they are coming from. It is none of your business what happens to them!!!!

  • Be kind

    I doubt they deserve manslaughter. These are children who made a mistake. How many have slipped on a road once in their life. They will live with this forever. Don’t push them over the edge. This is tragic for all. It takes a village to raise a child. Remember this and lift these boys up so that they can heal and make the world a better place.

    • judys

      well maybe. but if the village were raising the child, the teenagers would not have been out in the 1st place. parents & child need to be held accountable. maybe not necessarily doing hard time, but something beyond a slap on the wrist because he’s a teen, or j”ust living with it in his conscience”. tough love if you will

  • chris

    Ok people stop the judgment. I know the 2 ladies involved they are like family to me more so than some of my own flesh in blood. This was an ACCIDENT these boys didnt mean for this to happen. And im sure praying for healing and turning everything over to God is gonna help them more than your tude comments about these boys they will have to live with this the rest of their lives and thats very sad. I pray for ALL family friends and everyone involved. Elaine you will be early missed but i know you are our guardian angel now looking over us and probably comforting these boys as i type this…..darlene i hope you get better soon…..as for everyone else saying negative comments please stop….what if this was your family or your 16 year old….it really doesnt matter the age it could happen to anyone hell i know some 16 year olds that are more mature than some 40 50 year olds.

    • judys

      chris: although i may not completely agree with you, i do respect what you say. leaving it in higher hands and showing forgiveness/compassion is certainly a positive way of looking @ life and something i try to practice every day. no negativity intended in my comments, and as you personally know the parties, your understanding is probably much greater than mine. certainly there has been enough suffering for everyone. i might add that in terms of the incident being an accident, obviously there was no intent on anyone’s part. but 2 decisions were consciously made that GREATLY increased the risk of this tragedy 1) parents allowing minors unsupervised to drive in these conditions 2) decision of teen to drive. this is not shop lifting. or bullying. a life was lost. my point, is that it is that to merely dismiss it as a teenage accident, forgive the driver, & let it in the hands of god is immature in itself. part of growing up is facing responsibility for one’s actions and accept the consequences. let justice be served in an equitable way. if the court decides as you and the other poster, then so be it. my feelings go out to everyone involved including yourself since you knew the victims so well. respectfully

  • katy

    The whole situation is sad! And everyone has over looked a major issue of this story. …the deceased Edith Holland was not the passenger in the accident. …she passed days before. Ms Burmiesters mothers name Is Elaine……and yes sge lost her life in the accident. The reporter needed to get the facts straight.

  • Alexis Kenney

    You guys don’t know what either family is going through. You don’t half of what has happened since the accident. You only know what the report says. None of you know what they two young men have to go through now, and you don’t know how the other family is taking this. Yes it is sad that a life was lost in this accident, and everybody involved is in my prayers. But for you guys who are leaving nasty comments on here, you don’t know the affect it is having on the young men. You think “oh they deserve to hurt and feel horrible for what happened.” Well guess again they don’t!!!! They are going to remember this WITHOUT you guys adding to this!!! BACK OFF AND LET BOTH SIDES GRIEVE!!! I bet you people don’t know the injuries of the young men! You only known that a 94 year old women’s life was taken. Yes this is very sad but, the emotional damage is a lot worse. I don’t know the women that was killed. But she is in a better place. And for those who don’t believe in a Heaven or Hell, well get over it. The people living are hurting a lot worse then than the women that died. I’m no[t trying to sound heartless, but seriously come on Man slaughter, are you kidding. These are two teenage boys. And for some to say they need to something to remember this forever, what makes you say they won’t. You guys need to leave them alone!! AND STOP WITH THE NASTY HATRED COMMENTS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alexis Kenney

    Why don’t everybody posting comments like “Stupid stupid people” or “The deserve felony charges” or “They need more than just a slap on the wrist” save your comments for somebody who raped a little girl or somebody who was drinking and driving that killed somebody. This was an accident!!! It was NOT intentional!!! Just leave them alone and get a life of you own instead of trying to ruin somebody else’s

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