Sentencing March 22 for felon charged in fatal I-40 crash

Hinton woman faces life in prison for causing Yukon man’s death

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Melissa May Seuffert

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A sentencing hearing is set in March for a convicted felon charged with second-degree murder in a crash that killed a Yukon man.

Hinton’s Melissa May Seuffert, 34, faces up to life in prison for causing the death of Matthew Rousey, 35, in a two-vehicle traffic collision last May on Interstate 40 near El Reno.

“Seuffert had made voluntary statements stating that she had previously shot up with methamphetamine and heroin at the Cherokee truck stop just prior to the collision,” according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Matthew Conway.

Seuffert pleaded no contest to the second-degree murder charge at an October 2020 hearing in Canadian County District Court. Special Judge Charles Gass found Seuffert guilty of the charge with prior felony convictions.

Formal sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Monday, March 22 before Judge Gass. The sentencing hearing was rescheduled from Feb. 16 due to last week’s snowstorm, which closed the courthouse.

Seuffert has been in state Department of Corrections’ custody since Oct. 8, 2020 after violating her probation in a 2018 driving under the influence of drugs case. Her seven-year deferred sentence was accelerated, and she was sentenced to serve five years in prison.

The defendant has other convictions in Canadian County for public intoxication, outraging public decency and driving with a suspended license.

She is now housed at the Canadian County Jail after being transferred Jan. 20 from the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McCloud.

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CRASH SCENE

OHP troopers responded to the fatality crash on May 11, 2020 on eastbound I-40 near Heaston Road.

Yukon’s Rousey died at the scene after the 2018 Ford F-350 he was driving was struck in the left rear by a 2010 Nissan Altima driven by Seuffert.

Seuffert was driving “at a high rate of speed” when the crash occurred, according to trooper Conway’s affidavit.

Rousey was ejected from his pickup after the truck left the roadway and rolled multiple times, the OHP report shows. Seuffert’s vehicle also left the roadway and struck a cable barrier before coming to a rest in the outside shoulder.

After Seuffert allegedly told first responders she had injected drugs right before the deadly crash, OHP troopers obtained a search warrant for her blood and conducted a drug recognition expert evaluation.

Seuffert was taken into custody after being medically discharged from an Oklahoma City hospital.