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April 13, 2013

Manslaughter trial testimony paints graphic picture

NORMAN — When Tommy Hamilton came upon the body of Safari McDoulett, he saw there was nothing he could do. Being trained as a combat lifesaver and serving in Operation Desert Storm, after seeing her injuries and the condition of her body, he knew there was no need to try administering aid.

“She was unconscious and had no movement,” Hamilton said. “There was a lot of blood on the pavement around her head. Just did not look good.”

Hamilton was one of five witnesses called to testify Friday in the jury trial of Mark Allen Peters, 54, who has been charged with first-degree manslaughter, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and obstructing an officer after a two-vehicle wreck Feb. 20, 2012, that led to the death of McDoulett.

Peters’ yellow Dodge Ram pickup was heading westbound on State Highway 9 when it struck a Toyota Sequoia heading eastbound on the highway. McDoulett, 36, was driving the Sequoia.

Coming from just outside Little Axe with his then 19-year old daughter, Hamilton was one of the first to arrive on the scene. After coming upon stalled traffic, he said he noticed a flurry of papers floating in the air.

According to Hamilton, he got out of his car to offer assistance.

When he reached the accident site, the first thing he saw was a vehicle on its roof and a person out front, face down. He said he noticed an broken ankle and that her breathing was labored and heavy.

As another passerby called 911, Hamilton said he went to go check on the yellow Dodge Ram, which he believed had also been part of the collision. When he reached the truck, Hamilton testified he asked Peters if he was driving the truck. According to Hamilton Peters rolled his eyes and shook his head yes.

Hamilton was asked what his opinion was of Peter’s demeanor at the time. Hamilton said Peters appeared to be intoxicated.

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