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September 13, 2013

Manslaughter charge leveled against man in traffic death

ENID, Okla. — An El Dorado, Kan., man has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of an Enid woman in a July collision at 10th and Garriott.

Russell L. Butler Jr., 47, was charged Thursday with the felony and a warrant was issued for his arrest, online court records show. The warrant for Butler’s arrest does not have a bond amount.

Butler was driving a 2000 Peterbilt westbound on Garriott at about 11:30 a.m. July 14, when he struck a 2000 Dodge Neon being driven by Janet L. Knight, 64, who was traveling south on 10th.

Knight was taken to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center following the accident, where she was pronounced dead.

Keygan Knight, 2, a passenger in the car, was properly restrained in a child car seat in the back seat when the accident occurred. He was taken to St. Mary’s and then to OU Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital with head, body and leg injuries in critical condition.

According to an Enid Police Department traffic collision report, Butler is listed as failing to stop for a traffic light. The report also lists “no improper action taken by driver” for Knight’s vehicle.

Butler had told police he thought he had a green light, but a witness who was behind Knight in traffic told police she and Knight “definitely” had the green light, according to the report.

Court documents in the case were not immediately available.

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