An Elk City teen died as a result of injuries he suffered in a late October crash. The crash involved three vehicles and was reportedly caused by an accused drunk driver.
Cassandra Bray, 40, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. on October 29 after a crash near U.S. Highway 66 and Sara Road near the Kilpatrick Turnpike.
Bray was arrested at the scene and is accused of driving under the influence.
Lacey Martin, 16, died several weeks after the crash.
Zoe Stovall and Aisha Leonard were in a second vehicle involved in the crash.
“I don’t think anybody understands truly what we’ve been going through with this accident,” said Leonard. “I haven’t even processed the whole thing.”
Leonard was not seriously hurt, while Stovall still needs a walker to get around after her right leg was hurt in the crash. It’s troubling for the former high school athlete.
“I don’t want to have it in my mind all the time, I don’t want to be scared to drive,” said Stovall. “I don’t want to be scared to go drive at night. The fear is really the worst part, I think.”
According to a police report, Bray’s blood alcohol level (BAC) was 0.12.
Bray told officers "I know I (expletive) up, like I have kids.”
Stovall and Leonard said they demand justice.
“Our justice system tends to fail us sometimes and they get out in two years and do the exact same thing,” said Leonard. “I hope fully she learns her lesson from this, but I think she needs to be away way longer than two years.”
Time may heal some wounds but the Stovall family hopes their story inspires others to be responsible.
“If you know that your friend has been drinking or your family member has been drinking, you need to speak up and take their keys,” said Stovall’s mother, Nicole. “Do whatever you have to, call someone else, don’t let them leave.”
So far, no criminal charges have been handed down now that the October crash turned fatal.
Unable to work, Stovall has started a GoFundMe page to help get by.