A warrant was issued Wednesday for an Afton man charged in the death of a 59-year-old Miami man.
Tommy Gilbert Foster, 48, was charged with first-degree manslaughter earlier this month in the death of Russell Wells, according to Craig County Assistant District Attorney Jim Ely.
Foster was driving the vehicle that struck Wells on I-44 on the morning of May 12.
Authorities say Wells was having car trouble and pulled his disabled vehicle to the side of the road at mile marker 296 west around 8 a.m.
“Mr. Wells was standing on the westbound shoulder, waiting for a wrecker to tow his disabled vehicle,” reported Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Steve Hamilton. “Mr. Foster was traveling west on I-44 in a 2005 Dodge van. The van struck Wells with the right front fender knocking him approximately 18 feet north of the point of impact.”
Wells was airlifted to St. John's Hospital in Joplin, where he died 11 hours later from injuries he sustained in the collision.
A civil judgment was filed against Foster in Craig County on Sept. 16. The Wells family is seeking monetary compensation from Foster for his role in Russell Wells' death.