Driver Charged with Manslaughter in Fatal Crash on Highway 51
(Stillwater, Okla.) – A 30-year-old Yukon man was charged today with first-degree manslaughter in a fatal crash on Highway 51 west of Stillwater on Aug. 11, 2017, that was investigated by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Christopher M. Tucker was accused of drunk driving or traveling at a high rate of speed, losing control of his 2013 Dodge, and hitting a vehicle that went out of control and struck a tree, according to the felony charge.
The victim, Phyllis Sams, 81, of Stillwater, was a passenger in a 2007 Nissan driven by Larry Duane Sams, 83, of Stillwater, according to an earlier news report.
If convicted of first-degree manslaughter by drunk driving or in the alternative by reckless driving, Tucker could be given a prison term of four years to life.
Tucker has not yet appeared in court on the charge filed by Payne County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Etherington, court records show.