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October 13, 2010

Man faces murder charge after deadly car accident

NORMAN — An Oklahoma City man faces second-degree murder charges for allegedly drinking alcohol and causing a deadly wreck last week in Norman, according to court papers.

Court records show Cleveland County prosecutors also have charged Yisroel Orlando Allen, 35, of Oklahoma City, with leaving the scene of a fatality accident, a felony. He also has been charged with false reporting of crime, a misdemeanor.

The wreck that Allen is acccused of causing happened about 5:45 a.m. Oct. 6 near the 12th Avenue NE and Tecumseh Road intersection.

Norman police said Kenneth Randel Williams, 68, of Norman, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Trans Am nortbound on 12th Avenue. Williams had stopped for a red signal light at the intersection.

Police said a 2005 dark blue Ford F-150, also headed north in the same lane, collided with the Trans Am. The driver, described only as a “younger white male,” fled the scene on foot.

Williams was critically injured. EMSStat transported Williams to Norman Regional Hospital.

He later was taken to OU Medical Center, police said. Williams died Oct. 7.

According to a court affidavit, around 7:43 p.m. Oct. 7, Allen contacted Norman police and reported his vehicle which was involved in the wreck had been stolen. When Allen completed the report, he did so with three other people who police later contacted.

“During that contact, they informed detectives that they and the defendant had fabricated a story to cover up the collision that defendant had been involved in,” the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, police interviewed three additional witnesses who said that Allen called them after the wreck requesting help and a ride from the scene. He told those witnesses that he saw a collision near 12th Avenue and Tecumseh and needed a ride.

Two of the witnesses arrived and contacted police, the affidavit stated. The witnesses identified the Ford F-150 pickup as Allen’s vehicle.

An additional witness contacted police and said Allen had contacted her since the crash and said to her that “he was involved in a collision and was reporting his truck stolen to cover it up,” the affidavit stated.

According to the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office, Allen appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. His bond was set at $1 million.

Meghan McCormick 366-3539 mmccormick@ normantranscript.com

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