A couple of factors apparently played big parts into a formal manslaughter charge being filed against the driver of a fatality accident a few months ago in western Garvin County.

The first-degree felony count was filed this week against Jack Wilson Cesar Jr., 55, of Norman.

Cesar was driver of a car that veered off the road and crashed at a site near the Stephens County line west of Elmore City back on Sept. 23.

State troopers investigating the accident report Cesar was driving a Pontiac eastbound on state Highway 29.

During the evening hours the car drove off the roadway where it went down an embankment before striking a tree resulting in the death of a passenger, Joseph Whitaker.

Troopers called to the wreck site reported Cesar, while placed on a backboard by paramedics, appeared to show signs of being intoxicated.

Later Whitaker died at an Oklahoma City hospital.

Lab techs later reported blood drawn from Cesar at the scene was tested to show a .21 percent blood-alcohol concentration, which is more than double the legal limit.

After obtaining a search warrant a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Unit accessed crash information from the vehicle's event data recorder.

According to court documents, the information showed the vehicle was traveling in a “manner not reasonable or proper,” specifically 70 mph three seconds before impact with the tree. The speed compares to a limit of 65 mph.

The felony manslaughter charge was apparently filed based on the belief Cesar was driving under the influence at the time of the wreck.

Cesar had not yet appeared in court on the charge as his first court date after arraignment comes in early January.

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