Manslaughter charge filed in fatal crash

Stillwater man was allegedly driving drunk when he struck street sweeper

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By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

A Stillwater man has been charged with killing the operator of a street sweeper after running a red light in a drunk driving crash last fall on a Kilpatrick Turnpike exit ramp near Yukon.

Tristan Lee Gaskey, 23, was charged April 1 in Canadian County District Court with first-degree manslaughter. The felony crime is punishable by not less than four years in prison.

Special Judge Khristan Strubhar has issued a warrant for Gaskey’s arrest, setting bond at $25,000.

Oklahoma City Police investigated the traffic collision that occurred at 1:30 a.m. Oct. 26, 2019 at the intersection of State Highway 66 and the Kilpatrick Turnpike.

Gaskey was driving a 2013 Chevrolet 3500 dually pickup while under the influence of alcohol when he crashed into a 2016 Isuzu street sweeper driven by Midwest City’s Craig William Caldwell, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Robert Atkins.

Gaskey was southbound on the Kilpatrick Turnpike exit ramp at SH-66 and Caldwell was eastbound in the left lane of SH-66 at the turnpike exit ramp.

“According to witnesses, the defendant goes through the red light colliding with the victim’s vehicle causing it to then collide with a signal light pole and catching fire,” Sgt. Atkins wrote in the affidavit.

Caldwell, 56, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Gaskey admitted to drinking alcohol and voluntarily submitted to a blood test, according to the affidavit.

His blood alcohol content was .15, an Oklahoma City Police traffic collision report shows.

Investigator Atkins determined the crash was caused by Gaskey’s failure to yield from a signal light, according to the report.

Gaskey sustained head, trunk, arm, and leg injuries and was taken by EMSA ambulance to OU Medical Center; Caldwell died at the scene from his injuries, according to the report.