Crash with allegedly intoxicated driver kills woman
BY AMANDA BLAND & ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writers
Friday, April 20, 2012
4/20/12 at 4:59 AM
A woman was killed, two others were injured and a 78-year-old man was arrested on a manslaughter complaint after a head-on collision Wednesday night.
The women were in a sedan that was southbound on Cincinnati Avenue about 9 p.m. when another sedan driving north in the southbound lanes without its headlights on struck it near 35th Place North, police said.
Sheron Armstead, 29, the front-seat passenger in the women's car, was killed, police said. The driver was in critical condition and a back-seat passenger was in fair condition, Capt. Karen Tipler said.
The surviving women were taken by ambulance to St. John Medical Center, according to EMSA.
The other driver, Jim Ernest Vinson, 78, was not injured in the crash.
Police believe that Vinson was driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance, Tipler said.
He was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of manslaughter, driving under the influence, aggravated speeding, driving left of center and driving without headlights, records show. His bail was set at $51,700.
Vinson pleaded guilty in 2004 to carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, and has a DUI conviction from 2001, court records show.
The vehicles involved in Wednesday's wreck were too mangled to identify their makes and models at the scene, Tipler said.
Cincinnati was closed between Apache Street and 36th Street North for hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage cleared.
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Police officers, firefighters and EMSA medics respond to a fatal crash late Wednesday near 35th Place North and Cincinnati Avenue. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World
Jim Ernest Vinson: He faces complaints including manslaughter after the collision