By Conrad Dudderar
A public outcry for substantial improvements at State Highway 66 and Banner Road was prompted by the death of a Yukon businessman and U.S. Navy veteran in a traffic collision.
Longtime Yukon retail carpet store owner, Ray Lee Davis, 73, was riding a motorcycle on SH-66 when he struck a semi-truck that allegedly failed to yield from Banner Road.
Davis died of blunt force trauma at the scene of the Nov. 24, 2019 crash.
Wynnewood’s Donald Garrett Biffle, 27, could spend the rest of his life in prison for causing the deadly wreck. The SH-66/Banner Road intersection has seen dozens of serious traffic collisions including several fatalities since the mid-‘90s.
Biffle faces 10 years to life in prison for second-degree murder and two more years in jail and/or fines totaling $2,000 on drug possession charges.
Biffle pleaded guilty at a December 2020 court hearing and waived his right to a trial.
“Nov. 24, 2019, I was driving my truck and hit a man at an intersection,” according to his guilty plea. “I was driving my truck and hit a man at an intersection. The lab report stated I had methamphetamine in my system at the time and drug paraphernalia in the truck at the time.
“I was driving under the influence at the time and the man died as a result of that accident.”
District Judge Jack D. McCurdy will sentence Biffle at a hearing set 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 3 in Canadian County District Court. A Feb. 10th sentencing hearing was postponed due to inclement weather.
By state law, Biffle will be required to serve at least 85% of the sentence for committing this violent crime.
Biffle is being housed at the Canadian County Jail awaiting sentencing.
A pre-sentence investigation report filed Jan. 28 in Canadian County District Court refers to Biffle’s extensive past drug history.
Biffle was driving a 1996 Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer while under the influence of methamphetamine when he collided with Yukon’s Davis, who was operating a 2019 Kawasaki motorcycle.
Davis was eastbound on SH-66 as Biffle entered the intersection from Banner Road to turn left, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report.
Biffle allegedly failed to yield to Davis, thus resulting in the fatality accident.
Davis’ motorcycle impacted just behind the driver’s side door of the semi-truck.
“Biffle reported nothing hindered his line of sight when checking the intersection, and he should have been able to see the approaching motorcycle,” OHP trooper Michael Wallace wrote in his report.
Biffle, who had an active warrant and suspended license, was arrested at the scene.
Biffle has previous criminal charges for driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check/false pretenses.
“The defendant denied being high at the time of the accident yet does admit to drug use prior to the accident occurring,” according to a state Department of Corrections’ pre-sentence investigation report.
“With the long history of drug use, the defendant is a risk to the community if he fails to complete treatment and maintain sobriety. Therefore, there is significant evidence to support the belief that this will not (be) a one-time occurrence if he relapses and operates a motor vehicle.”