Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent
A man authorities believe was under the influence of drugs when he caused a fatal crash in 2011 was charged with manslaughter Thursday.
According to court records, an arrest warrant was issued for 33-year-old Marvin Lee Poindexter of Oklahoma City after he was charged with in Pontotoc County District Court with first-degree manslaughter and trafficking in controlled dangerous substances.
Poindexter crashed a vehicle in November 2011, leaving one person dead and another severely injured. Killed in the Nov. 4, 2011, collision was 27-year-old Keysha R. Minyard of Bennington. Poindexter and 40-year-old Jeremy L. Johnson of Atoka were injured. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Keith Teel said Poindexter was driving a 2010 Ford Fusion south on State Highway 3W when the crash occurred.
“(Poindexter) was southbound on 3W at a high rate of speed, traveling on the wrong side of the road,” Teel said. “The vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.”
Minyard was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries. Poindexter was taken by Medi Flight to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and admitted in critical condition with head, trunk internal, arm and leg injuries. Johnson was taken by Air Evac to OU Medical Center and admitted in critical condition with head, trunk internal, trunk external, arm and leg injuries.
Troopers investigating the crash discovered a package of what field-tested positive for methamphetamine tucked up into the vehicle’s dashboard. OHP Lt. Bret Sayre said approximately 37 grams of meth was found in the package.
Teel said the cause of the crash was driving under the influence of drugs and listed Poindexter’s condition as under the influence of drugs.
“Over 20 grams (36.69 grams) of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a police scanner were found in the vehicle,” Teel wrote in a court affidavit. “Methamphetamine, amphetamine and benzodiazepine were ... in the defendant’s blood. All three drugs affect the central nervous system.”