By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Yukon man has been convicted of negligent homicide after pleading guilty in connection with a 2019 crash that killed a pedestrian near Lake Overholser.
Kyle Landon Dover, 41, received a one-year suspended sentence except for four weekends to be served in the county jail anytime during his probation “when the jail is COVID free and has availability,” according to court records.
The defendant, represented by attorney David Ogle, was ordered to be supervised by the Canadian County District Attorney’s Office.
The order was signed by Special Judge Khristan Strubhar at an Aug. 28th sentencing hearing.
Dover was formally charged March 6 in Canadian County District Court with negligent homicide, a misdemeanor crime punishable by a fine of $100-$1,000 and/or up to one year in prison.
Dover was using his cellular phone when the traffic collision occurred and failed to “devote full time and attention to driving”, court records show.
The crash occurred Nov. 16, 2019 in the 3900 block of North Overholser Drive in west Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City police investigated the auto-pedestrian traffic collision.
Dover, who lives on Stonebridge Drive, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup “possessing a reckless disregard of the safety of others,” according to court documents.
After subpoenaing phone records, investigators learned Dover was driving while texting on his mobile phone when the crash occurred.
Prosecutors allege Dover struck Joseph Edward Warfield with his vehicle causing Warfield to “sustain catastrophic injuries” which led to the man’s death. Warfield, 65, lived in Oklahoma City and had been a project manager for Hobby Lobby.
The victim was running southbound on Overholser Drive facing traffic in the northbound lane of travel, court records indicate.
After striking Warfield with his vehicle, Dover reportedly kept driving until he was flagged down by a witness who told him he had struck a person. Dover returned to the scene and called 911.
The victim, Warfield, was pronounced dead after being taken by ambulance to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.