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A Comanche County teenager faces two charges of manslaughter, according to court documentation, following a wreck dating back to September 2020 that claimed the life of two with ties to the Duncan community.

According to court records, Caden Trace Rowe, 19, of Lawton, faces two charges of manslaughter in the first degree and also received violations for speeding and failing to stop or yield at an intersection.

Court documentation indicates first degree manslaughter is punishable by a minimum of four years for each count.

According to previous Banner reports, the accident happened during the evening hours of Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. 

According to reports from Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), the accident, which occurred at southeast 135th and Bishop, just five and a half miles east of Lawton in Comanche County, involved two vehicles and claimed the life of Eric Gutierrez and Isaura Cabrera.

The first vehicle was a 2000 Chevrolet pickup driven by Rowe, and OHP listed the condition of Rowe as intoxicated. The second vehicle included Gutierrez, 35, Cabrera, 34, and two juvenile passengers as well.

OHP reports show Rowe traveled westbound on southeast Bishop while the second vehicle was traveling southbound on southeast 135th. Rowe’s vehicle, according to reports, “failed to stop at a stop sign and struck vehicle two.” The same report shows both vehicles came to rest in the southwest corner of the intersection and Rowe’s vehicle caught fire.

Both Gutierrez and Cabrera were pronounced at the scene. Both juveniles were admitted to medical centers in fair condition with injuries.

Court records indicate Rowe was given a $25,000 bond, which has since been posted. He is due to return to court for a preliminary hearing conference at 3 p.m. May 17, 2021. He has been instructed to not operate a motor vehicle while on bond.

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