The Pryor Times

December 3, 2013

Teen charged with manslaughter

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — A Locust Grove 17-year-old has been charged with manslaughter after a fatality car wreck occurring eight months ago.

Keanu Peck appeared in Mayes County District Court Monday, flanked by his parents. Judge Rebecca Gore read his charges, first degree manslaughter, resisting an officer, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, inattentive driving resulting in a collision, operating a vehicle at a speed greater than reasonable and proper, and operating without a valid driver’s license. Peck was remanded to the county jail where he will be held away from adult inmates. Bond was set at $20,000.

Information filed in the case alleges the collision resulted from “not paying attention to the road and at a speed that was neither careful no prudent and that was greater than was reasonable and proper,” according to information filed in the case.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports, the vehicle veered off the roadway, rolled and impacted several trees. The wreck occurred on April 1.

OHP received a call reporting that Peck was seen fleeing the scene of the wreck, then lying down in a field to hide.

“Trooper Charles Smith, along with a Locust Grove Police Officer and a Grand River Dam Authority Police Officer went into the field. Peck got up and ran northwest. Trooper Smith, along with the other units, gave Peck multiple commands to ‘get on the ground’ and ‘stop.’ The foot pursuit continued westbound,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

“As the foot pursuit continued, Peck began to get tired. He would walk and catch his breath, then when Smith would get closer, Peck would take off running again. Peck stopped looking back at Smith when Peck noticed the several units ahead of him starting to corral him. This gave Smith the opportunity to gain some ground on him,” the affidavit alleges.

Once Smith caught him, Peck began to push away from the officer. Smith asked who the passenger was. Peck said he did not know. When asked why he ran, Peck allegedly said, “I don't know, I was just in shock,” according to the affidavit.

Peck was taken to the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office and read his rights. Accompanied by his parents, Peck told the officers he borrowed the vehicle from a friend, who worked at Sonic in Locust Grove. He said he had two passengers and he drove to Harps to get snacks.

“Then he drove to the field house parking lot where one passenger got out of the vehicle and the remaining passenger moved to the front seat. After they spoke to some people there, Peck and the passenger left the field house parking lot and traveled west of Locust Grove to go for a joy ride,” according to the affidavit.

Peck allegedly stated in his interview that he looked down to clear the area around the parking brake and that is when the accident occurred.

Statements provided by first responders report arriving on the scene to see the passenger partially ejected from the front passenger window, still in a seatbelt. The passenger was extricated from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Peck's case was continued to Dec. 18, at which time he is to appear with an attorney. He was told that as the case was filed as a youthful offender, he could either be bound over as an adult or transferred to the juvenile system.

Both Peck and the deceased, also 17, were students at Locust Grove High School.