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By Tim Hudson E-E County Reporter
Charges of manslaughter have been filed against a Claremore man in connection with an accident Wednesday that left a local woman dead.
Tommy Wayne Stout, 38, was charged with driving under the influence on Thursday. At that time, District Attorney Rick Esser noted that it was likely that the charges would escalate to manslaughter — a prediction that came to fruition Monday.
“There will also likely be a charge of leaving the scene of an accident,” he told District Judge Curtis DeLapp.
Stout was arrested Jan. 17 following a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 75 north of Ramona.
According to a report issued by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Sheri Elaine Dodson, 45, of Bartlesville, was pronounced dead on the scene as a result of “massive injuries.”
The accident occurred at 3:44 p.m. 1 mile north of Ramona on U.S. 75.
According to the OHP, a 2007 Chevrolet driven by Stout was northbound on the highway traveling “at a high rate of speed.”
A 1990 Ford two-door driven by Dodson was also northbound when Stout’s vehicle struck her from behind. Stout’s vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway before coming to rest.
As a result of the impact, Dodson’s vehicle also ran off the right side of the road, overturned two times and ejected her before coming to rest on its wheels.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, OHP Troopers met with Stout in the emergency room of the Jane Phillips Medical Center and immediately noticed that Stout had “pin point pupils” and that his speech was “heavily slurred.” Additionally, the affidavit states, Stout was “twitching and making sporadic movements.”
When troopers asked Stout what had happened, he reportedly stated, “I was supposed to be at work at five, I was in a hurry to get to work early and that lady switched lanes in front of me and I hit her from behind.”
Stout reportedly said that he was traveling 80 mph at the time of the accident.
He reportedly told troopers that he had taken Zyprexa, Ambien, Prozac and Wellbutrin earlier in the day.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office records indicate that once Stout was transported to the Washington County Jail, deputies could not finish his book-in process because he was having trouble speaking and standing up.
Bond was set in the case at $30,000.