Covington man charged with manslaughter for 2017 fatality collision with train

Anthony George Kegin

ENID, Okla. — A 38-year-old Covington man was arraigned Friday on a felony charge of first-degree manslaughter in connection with a 2017 fatality collision with a train.

Anthony George Kegin appeared in custody before Special District Judge Brian Lovell. The judge set bond for Kegin at $25,0000 and ordered him to return to court Oct. 7 for a bond appearance.

Kegin faces four year to life in prison if convicted of the felony charge.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, on Aug. 20, 2017, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers responded to a report of a vehicle/train fatality that occurred about 1 mile south and 2 miles east of Fairmont.

Troopers arrived at the scene and found a gold sport utility vehicle in the ditch on the north side of the railroad tracks, according to the affidavit. The driver of the vehicle, Kegin, was transported from the scene by Life EMS to be flown to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

The passenger in the vehicle, 17-year-old Trevor Navratil, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trooper Jimmy Chaloupek, of the fatality investigation team, arrived on scene and began investigating, according to the affidavit.

It was determined the collision occurred when a 2004 Lincoln Aviator sport utility vehicle owned and operated by Kegin and occupied by Navratil was southbound on 138th and failed to yield to an eastbound BNSF train, according to the affidavit. The front of the train struck the Lincoln in the passenger-side doors. After the impact, the train and Lincoln remained engaged for 58 feet before separating. After separation, the Lincoln went into a broadslide for 73 feet and 8 inches and then rotated north before rolling to a stop in the north ditch facing southeast, 192 feet and 6 inches from the crossing. The train continued east about 2,550 feet on the tracks before coming to a stop.

A blood sample was taken from Kegin on the day of the collision, according to the affidavit. Trooper Linda Hartley obtained the sample with a warrant and transported it to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation's laboratory for testing.

The results of the sample indicated a blood ethyl alcohol content of 0.08 g/100ml and an ELISA screen presumptive positive for methamphetamine, MDMA and cannabinoids, according to the affidavit.

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