Texas man charged with negligent homicide in Kingfisher County crash

KINGFISHER, Okla. — A 32-year-old Texas man recently was charged with negligent homicide stemming from a May 2017 crash in Kingfisher County. 

Corey Francis Roberts, of Springtown, Texas, was charged Oct. 3 with two misdemeanor counts of negligent homicide-motor vehicle, according to court documents filed in Kingfisher County District Court. Each misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of $100 to $1,000 and/or up to one year in prison. 

On May 11, 2017, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Oklahoma 3 about 3.5 miles west of Kingfisher, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case. Troopers Jeff Jech and Sammy Lee arrived on scene and observed a gray Saturn car in the south ditch facing north, and a purple Peterbilt semi farther west partially in the road and partially on the north shoulder facing west. 

Firefighters and EMTs were at the Saturn treating several people. One was identified as 35-year-old Kelly Smith, who was in the back seat, with officials telling the troopers she didn't have a pulse and had died from her injuries sustained in the crash, according to the affidavit. She later was identified as the front seat passenger of the Saturn. 

A 12-year-old boy, Daniel Mann, also was in the back seat, and EMTs said the boy was in critical condition, had shallow breathing and a faint pulse, according to the affidavit. Mann was flown to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, then transferred to the Children's Hospital, and was removed from life support May 13 due to "massive head trauma." He was identified as a passenger in the Saturn's back seat. 

The Saturn's driver was identified as Mark Allan Smith, and the driver of the Peterbilt was Roberts. Smith told the troopers he was slowing to make a left turn into a residential drive near where the crash happened and the semi "just ran into the back of his car," according to the affidavit. Roberts told troopers the Saturn "slammed on his brakes all of a sudden and Roberts could not avoid hitting the car." 

Jech reported in the affidavit that through the investigation of the crash, it was found that Roberts was driving in a "careless manner and a disregard for safety" by driving too closely to the Saturn when the car braked. 

"Roberts was unable to bring his semi to a stop and/or avoid it and ran into the back of the Saturn, causing it to depart the roadway in a rotational spin and enter the south ditch," Jech wrote. "From the results of this accident Amanda Smith and Daniel Mann lost their lives." 

Online court records show an arrest warrant was issued Oct. 3, and bond was set at $3,000. 

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Miller is the city of Enid and area reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @Ryanm_reporter. He can be reached at rmiller@enidnews.com.

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