Sophomore honors student dies after being hit by car

photo courtesy of Rebekah Harpool's Facebook profile

UCA sophomore Rebekah Harpool died late Thursday morning after being treated for head trauma at a hospital for injuries she suffered from being struck by a vehicle around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot east of the HPER Center on campus.

Harpool was a student in the Schedler Honors College and pursuing a degree in special education.

UCAPD Corporal Michael Hopper said the accident involved one driver who was also a UCA student. The driver did not receive a ticket and has not been arrested. As of Thursday evening, no fault has been attributed to Harpool or the driver. The investigation is still open and no police report is available yet.

On Thursday, Arkansas State University alumna and friend of Harpool, Catherine Finne posted on Facebook, “My dear friend Rebekah was in a fatal accident last night. She was walking on campus and was hit by a car. She had too much brain damage and passed away earlier today … ”

A university-wide email sent Thursday morning by UCA President Houston Davis reads:

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.”

He also encouraged any students who feels they need someone to talk to to reach out to the UCA Counseling Center in suite 327 of the Student Health Services Building.

The center can also be reached by phone at (501) 450-3138 or at

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