Arrest warrant issued for driver in fatal motorcycle wreck

Arrest warrant issued for driver in fatal motorcycle wreck

DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -One year after the death of a Duncan motorcyclist in a crash with a pickup, an arrest warrant has been issued for the man accused of causing his death.

A Stephens County judge has issued a warrant for Fred Cox III for second-degree manslaughter. Cox was behind the wheel of a pickup in April 2015 when he crossed the center line on a curve on Highway 81 and plowed into a group of motorcyclists, killing one and injuring seven others.

According to an affidavit, investigators examined Cox's cell phone to see if any activity might have contributed to the crash. They determined he had made a call that lasted about 30 seconds, which ended less than a minute before the first call for help with the crash came into 911 dispatchers.

One of the victims told the Oklahoma Highway Patrol that Cox said he had just turned his phone off. Another witness said they heard Cox say, 'I just hit send.'

Blood tests showed no signs of drugs or alcohol in Cox's system, leading investigators to believe distracted driving, due to his cellphone, caused the crash.

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