A Choctaw man charged with first-degree manslaughter in the traffic-related death of an Oklahoma City man in Tecumseh has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Robert Allan McCarty, 55, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court.
He is accused of causing the death of Larry Denzel Williamson, 62.
McCarty was scheduled this month for a preliminary hearing in the case but instead waived his right for that hearing. A judge has set his arraignment date for Jan. 9.
Charges in the case allege McCarty was engaged in the misdemeanor offense of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol while driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup at SH 9 and Harrison Road on the night of Jan. 26.
According to the charges, McCarty had a blood or breath alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more while driving the pickup head-on into a 1991 Cadillac being driven by Williamson, who died at the scene.
The crash occurred on the two-lane divided section of SH 9, slightly east of the U.S. 177 interchange.
McCarty, who also was injured in the crash, was taken from the scene by ambulance to Shawnee’s hospital for treatment.
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