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June 10, 2014

July fatality accident leads to manslaughter charges

DUNCAN — Following a fatality rollover accident in July 2013, a Wynnewood woman faces the charge manslaughter in the first degree.

Jennifer M. Kimbro, 25, was charged with two counts of manslaughter after two people died in the single-car accident on Oklahoma Highway 7, about 0.2 miles east of County Road 2890 in Stephens County.

When Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers arrived on the accident scene early in the morning of July 30, 2013, they found one man, identified as Shelby J. Blessin, “lying face down on the roadway.” A woman was unresponsive and was later identified as Kristy I. Bowen. Bowen was flown by Eagle-Med to Comanche County Memorial Hospital before dying from her injuries.

Kimbro was another woman involved in the accident and was taken to Duncan Regional Hospital and was later transferred to the OU Medical Center.

While Kimbro was at Duncan Regional, Duncan Officer Ron Corcorran administered state tests because of the nature of the accident, according to the affidavit filed by Trooper Darin Carman.

“Corcorran asked Kimbro what happened at the accident and Kimbro advised ‘I guess I rolled it,’” according to the affidavit. “Kimbro also advised Corcorran that she had a few drinks.”

In his affidavit, Carman said the 2004 Dodge “was driven by Kimbro, and the blood test results show that the blood ethyl alcohol content was 0.16 grams per 100 milliliters. The collision occurred due to Kimbro being twice the legal limit allowed under Oklahoma law. As a result of this collision, both Blessin and Bowen suffered fatal injuries.”

Bond for Kimbro was set at $50,000. The charge of first-degree manslaughter can carry a sentence of no less than four years imprisonment for each count.

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