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April 12, 2013

Witnesses offer testimony in manslaughter trial

NORMAN — Two witnesses of the two-vehicle fatality wreck that led to a manslaughter charge last year testified in court Thursday.

Angel and Kurt Wilbourn were questioned in front of the jury and several who attended the trial, including Oklahoma County employees who worked with the victim who died in the wreck, 36-year-old Safari McDoulett of Oklahoma City.

Angel Wilbourn and her son, Kurt, were on their way home with family from visiting Angel’s parents in Shawnee when they saw the accident occur. Kurt, 17, recounted what he saw after the collision occurred.

McDoulett’s black SUV was upside down in the middle of the roadway on State Highway 9. Kurt said the whole vehicle was damaged.

“When I got to the car, she (McDoulett) was laying in front of it,” Kurt said. “I asked if she was alright and I touched her shoulder.”

When asked if she responded, Kurt said no.

Kurt then made his way over to the yellow Dodge Ram pickup that had crossed the center line, causing the collision. When he reached the vehicle he said the driver was outside of his vehicle, leaning into the driver’s side window and doing something with his phone.

When Kurt asked the man if he was OK, he didn’t reply. When questioned in court, Kurt said he saw no injuries to the man and he appeared conscious. When asked about the man’s demeanor or appearance, Kurt said the man appeared to be slightly slow and unresponsive, like he wasn’t processing things very fast.

The driver did not respond to Angel either whenever she reached the truck.

Shortly after, a park ranger reached the scene and he did not receive a response from the driver either, reports indicate. At that point, Kurt said, the park ranger pulled the man out where he was leaning into the window to try to get him to comply with his instructions and answer his questions.

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