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Manslaughter charges filed against impaired driver 9 months after man killed in Oklahoma crash

The state of Oklahoma is bringing manslaughter charges against the driver who crossed the center line of Hwy. 112 killing Bobby Northern in August of 2021.

POCOLA, Okla. — After nine months, charges are being brought against the driver in a deadly crash that killed a Fort Smith man. 

Bobby Northern was killed in a crash after a vehicle crossed the center line of Highway 112 and hit his vehicle head-on.

The crash claimed Northern's life in the early morning hours of August 7, 2021. Pocola Police say the crash happened on Highway 112 North in Pocola, Okla. 

The State of Oklahoma has filed first-degree manslaughter charges against Amber Rae Walker of Shady Point, whose vehicle crossed the center line, killing Northern. 

The court documents claim Walker was driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher which made her incapable of driving a vehicle. 

An arrest warrant was issued for Walker on May 4, 2022. According to the sheriff's office, Walker was booked into jail on May 18 but bonded out on a $50,000 bond the same day.

If convicted, Walker could face at least four years in prison. 

Stay with 5NEWS for updates on this developing story.

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