Witness accounts and traffic cameras have apparently helped state troopers piece together what happened in a Pauls Valley area accident last month resulting in the death of a Wynnewood man.
A felony charge of first-degree manslaughter was filed this week against Orlando Manuel Gongora, 22.
Troopers have determined Gongora was driving the pickup truck that went into the wrong lane of U.S. Highway 77 forcing another truck coming from the opposite direction off the roadway back on Aug. 6.
A filed affidavit shows Gongora told troopers he was driving the truck southbound with a woman and their young daughter riding inside.
Gongora claims when he turned to check on his daughter the truck moved over into the northbound lane just south of PV.
The driver of that second truck coming toward Pauls Valley was Jerry Dee Williams, 62.
It was later determined Williams had left his residence in Wynnewood and was headed to his job in Pauls Valley when he was faced with another pickup truck traveling right at him.
“This caused Williams to take evasive action to the left, where he departed the roadway striking an embankment and coming to rest,” stated one investigator for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Unit in a filed report.
Williams suffered fatal injuries in the wreck and was pronounced dead at the scene.
One witness reported seeing a truck pull in front of him on U.S. 77 and moments later force the driver of a second pickup to take evasive action. That truck, driven by Williams, went off the road and struck a concrete and dirt culvert.
Helping to lead investigators to Gongora were the images from traffic cameras in the southern PV area.
The day after the fatal accident officials in an OHP helicopter reported seeing the same truck driven by Gongora as it pulled out onto the highway at the same place in the early morning hours.
When questioned by authorities the woman in Gongora's truck initially made the false claim she was driving because he had been in trouble before, according to the affidavit.
Both Gongora and the woman claimed they were unaware the second truck went off the road and crashed resulting in a man's death.