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Crime/Courts

September 5, 2013

Woman facing first-degree manslaughter; one still in hospital

NORMAN — A Slaughterville woman arrested on Labor Day after a fatal car wreck in far east Norman, which led to the death of an 8-year-old girl, was formally charged Wednesday in Cleveland County District Court.

Kimberly Dawn Wenthold, 29, was charged with first-degree manslaughter, two counts of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury and a misdemeanor count of being involved in a personal injury accident while under the influence of an intoxicating substance.

When Wenthold was contacted at the scene, she told police she had dropped a drink and was trying to get it when she crossed into the other lane, causing two other vehicles to collide, the affidavit filed with charges said. She also admitted to taking Xanax a few hours before the collision, the affidavit said.

Police noted in the affidavit that Wenthold’s speech was thick and slurred, her eyes were glassy, her actions were delayed, she had poor coordination and she had difficulty completing tasks.

While she did not receive any injuries in the fatal accident, she was transported by Norman Regional Hospital by patrol, where they drew her blood.

An examination done by a drug recognition expert at the hospital determined Wenthold to be impaired and unsafe to operate a motor vehicle, the affidavit said.

She remained in custody Wednesday in the Cleveland County Detention Center. Her bond has been set at $100,000.

One Norman woman, 29-year-old Christy Amos, remained at OU Medical Center on Wednesday in “fair condition,” an OU Medical official said.

Amos was in the same vehicle as Cadence Gordon, 8, who was transported from the scene by air ambulance to the OU Medical Center but later died as a result of her injuries. Christina Francis also was in the same vehicle and had to be transported by EMSStat to OU Medical Center but has since been treated and discharged, officials said.

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