Oklahoma motorist accused in supervisor’s death to stand trial
The Associated Press - December 28, 2017 9:19 am
(Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)
JAY, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma motorist, who prosecutors say was distracted by his cellphone when his vehicle struck a state transportation superintendent, will stand trial on a charge of first-degree manslaughter.
Prosecutor Nick Lelecas told the Tulsa World that testimony during a preliminary hearing last week included allegations that 38-year-old Robert Dryden Smith told law enforcement officers that he was distracted from driving in May 2016 because his phone kept making noises.
Authorities say Smith’s vehicle struck 47-year-old Jarrell Gray west of Jay, in Delaware County. Gray, the father of three sons, was a superintendent for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
He was supervising brush removal in a construction zone along state Highway 20 when he was struck.
Smith is free on bail. A phone listing could not be found for him.