A Caddo County man has been charged with manslaughter following a crash that killed his fiancé and his soon be stepdaughter.
Shaun Tillman, 28, was charged last week in Caddo County district court. He faces two counts of first-degree manslaughter, driving with a suspended license and failing to maintain insurance and pay state taxes.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Tillman was traveling eastbound on County Road 1130 on May 12 when his fiancé and her two children were traveling westbound.
The two vehicles collided, killing Gena Evans, 28, and her daughter, 6-year-old Raylynn Lyday.
“She was a happy, spirted little girl. She was really a good kid,” said Jodi Smith, Evan’s mother. “I’ll miss them both dearly, but they are both in heaven with the good Lord.”
OHP said Tillman was driving erratically before the crash. According to court records, Tillman tested positive for meth and marijuana.
Investigators said no one involved, including the two children, was wearing seatbelts.
The male had a past criminal history, he didn’t have a driver’s license” said OHP Trooper Eric Foster. “Because he was driving without a driver’s license and caused a fatality crash, that’s a separate charge all together.”
Smith told News 9 she doesn’t blame Tillman for the crash and is advocating for the charges to be dropped.
“He helped raise that little girl and then he’s facing two counts of manslaughter and they are wanted to take his little boy away from him,” said Smith. “I pray he doesn’t get charged with this, but if he does, we are going to help him all we can because we believe he is innocent.”
Tillman has yet to turn himself in.
Smith said losing his fiancé and stepdaughter is already enough.
I’m 100% on his side,” said Smith. “If he gets convicted, I’m going to end up hiring a lawyer. My husband and I believe he is innocent.”