Fatality Collision in Grady County leads to Manslaughter charge

Regan Brent Stephens, 58, is currently in jail in Grady County for Manslaughter In the First Degree, after a fatality collision in Minco that resulted in the death of Bethany Meyers January 8.

Failing to properly negotiate a section of US 81, Stephens attempted to pass two vehicles at once when he struck the northbound 2007 Toyota that Meyers was driving, according to MPD investigating officer Dustin Stowell.

The investigation, conducted by members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Minco Police Department, determined that Stephens was left of center in a marked zone, he was actively passing two vehicles in the marked zone, while exceeding the legal speed limit.

The slight right curve for the southbound traffic limited the ability for Stephens to safely see oncoming traffic.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Toxicology Criminalistics Examination Report Indicated that Stephens had no alcohol in his system. That report did indicate that Stephens had fentanyl in his system, but that the drug was most likely administered to Stephens as part of his assessment and medical treatment. His phone, and phone records, showed no sign of him being on a call or sending a text message.

According to the statute: Any person guilty of manslaughter in the first degree shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not less than four (4) years.

The law also states that, when convicted, that person must serve at least 85% of their sentence before being eligible for parole.

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