A fatality accident on early Sunday morning has led to first degree manslaughter charges filed against Dawn Dettlaff, 41, of Coyle. The accident killed Candice M. Toombs, 32, of Guthrie.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Report, Dettlaff was driving a 2018 Polaris Ranger ATV at 1:22 a.m. out on Indian Meridian Road and State Highway 105 when the accident happened.
Dettlaff was the driver and Toombs was the passenger on the ATV, southbound on Indian Meridian Road when Dettlaff attempted a U-Turn at the intersection on Highway 105 and Indian Meridian. The OHP report indicates Dettlaff lost control of the ATV allegedly causing it to roll on the passenger side. Toombs was pronounced dead at the scene due to head and neck injuries. Toombs was taken to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Dettlaff was arrested at the scene and booked into the Logan County Detention Center Sunday morning. She was charged with First Degree Manslaughter (DUI/Automobile) on Monday afternoon. Bond was set at $10,000 and a hearing was set for June 25. There is no attorney of record listed for Dettlaff yet and the hearing was done by video with Judge Susan Worthington handling the proceedings. The full probable cause affidavit had yet to be filed with the court as of press time.
According to the OHP report, the ATV was equipped with seatbelts, but the report indicates Toombs was not using the passenger side one at the time of the accident.
The OHP report indicates the weather was raining and the roadways were wet at the time of the accident. Neither of the ATV occupants were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
OHP Trooper Shayne Ballard of the Traffic Homicide Unit is handling the accident. The Logan County Sheriff’s office, Guthrie Fire Department and Guthrie EMS also responded to the accident scene.
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