A Durant woman the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said ran over and killed a man in May has been charged with first-degree manslaughter.
Valarie Francene McCutcheon-Lester, 50, was charged Thursday. She is accused of running over Corey Michael Tallas, 20, Denison, Texas, on Highway 91 west of Colbert.
According to the patrol, Tallas, who died at the scene, was laying in the roadway at the time of the 12:15 a.m. accident on May 2. It was unclear why Tallas was in the roadway.
According to court papers, McCutcheon-Lester was under the influence of an intoxicating substance at the time of the accident and also driving with a license that had been canceled/suspended/revoked.
Assistant District Attorney Matt Stubblefield said the case was filed in a way that would give a jury the option to convict her of manslaughter by DUI, or in the alternative, of not having a valid license.
First-degree manslaughter is punishable by imprisonment of not less than four years.
A letter was mailed to McCutcheon-Lester, advising her to appear for court on the charge.