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Clayton man charged with negligent homicide

March 29, 2012

On March 27, 2012 charges were filed against Jace B. Cagle, 22, of Clayton, resulting from a vehicular accident that occurred on November 11, 2011 on HWY 271 near Albion. Cagle is being charged with Leaving the scene of an accident involving injury - felony, and negligent homicide using a motor vehicle, misdemeanor.

On November 11, 2011 at approximately 10:02 p.m., Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tommy Allen was working in Pushmataha County when the dispatcher for Troop E stated that there was an accident on U.S. HWY 271 near Albion.

According to reports, Jace Cagle and Cecilla D. Bissell, passenger, were at a local bar just before the accident. Both left the bar and Cagle wanted to show Bissell how fast his Dodge SRT would run. Cagle got the vehicle up over 100 mph and lost control of the vehicle resulting in both Cagle and Bissell being ejected from the vehicle.

Bissell was injured badly and, according to police reports, Cagle left on foot, leaving Bissell on the side of the road unconscious. The first individuals to arrive on the scene stated that Cagle was no where to be found. Firefighters and first responders looked for Cagle in the surrounding woods for over 3 hours. Across the road from where the accident took place was a house which Cagle could have gone to for help if he had wanted to. Also, there were two other houses just 600 feet down the road which he could have gone to for help. Bissell was air lifted to St. France Hospital in Tulsa.

Cagle showed up in Clayton around 2:00 a.m. with foot and chest injuries. Both Cagle and Bissell were in the St. France hospital. Bissell died from her injuries on November 17, 2011.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Cagle on these charges with a bond set in the amount of $10,000. Leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries is a felony and is punishable by imprisonment for 10 days to 2 years, a fine of $50 - $1000, or both. Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $100 - $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both.

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