(Stillwater, Okla.) — An Agra man was arraigned Friday on a first-degree manslaughter charge in connection with the traffic death of a Cushing man in a collision two months ago in Payne County.
The victim, Ralph Edward Matlock Jr., 47, died as a result of injuries he sustained when his vehicle was struck by a Dodge pickup truck at 68th Street and Union Road on May 9, court records show.
The defendant, Kash Glenn Mangus, 25, is alleged to have been driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance when he failed to stop at the stop sign on Union Road and struck Matlock’s vehicle as it entered the intersection, according to the charge.
“Initially, Mangus fled the scene, but was located nearby and returned to the scene of the crash by witnesses to the collision,” Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee said in a news release.
“Mangus was also injured in the incident and was transported from the area by ambulance,” Lee said in a news release when the charge was filed Thursday.
Following his arraignment Friday before Special District Judge Michael Stano, Mangus was released from custody after posting a $2,500 cash bond, court records show.
Mangus was ordered to return to court on Aug. 8 when he can ask for a preliminary hearing on the felony charge that carries a penalty of four years to life in prison on conviction.
The investigation was conducted by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Eighteen witnesses are listed by the prosecution on the charge, court records show.