A Pea Ridge, Ark., man has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with the death of a co-worker in May.
District Attorney Eddie Wyant said the negligent actions of James Ray Larson, 22, led to the death of Christopher Wayne Morris.
According to court records, Morris was a passenger in Larson's vehicle on the morning of May 9. At approximately 6:30 a.m. Larson and Morris were traveling westbound on Highway 60 about two miles west of the Oklahoma and Missouri state line.
“Larson stated that he got up about 4:30 a.m. and left his house with Morris to go to work in Grove,” said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Brian McSlarrow.
Near the intersection of County Road 690 and Highway 60, Larson's 1994 Chevrolet Camero ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and went into a broad slide into the eastbound lane where he was struck by an 2004 Chevrolet Malibu.
The driver of the Malibu was treated for multiple injuries.
Larson suffered a punctured lung.
Morris was also flown to a Joplin hospital with multiple internal injuries. He died shortly after 3 p.m. that afternoon.
At the hospital, Larson told authorities he fell asleep while driving.
Larson reportedly denied any alcohol or drug use prior to the accident.