Ada man sentenced for causing fatal 2019 crash
ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — An Ada man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for causing a fiery highway crash that left two other motorists dead and a third seriously injured.
Investigators testified that 47-year-old Nathan Paul Nolen had been driving under the influence of methamphetamine when his pickup truck crossed the center line of State Highway 3 near Ada on June 26, 2019.
Nolen's truck hit a westbound car head-on, killing its driver, Deborah Smithee, 49, of Stonewall and passenger Charles Coffman, 49, of Tupelo. A third person in that car was critically injured.
Nolen's life was saved when he was pulled from his burning truck by two Good Samaritans.
"The defendant’s decision to ingest methamphetamine and drive a motor vehicle resulted in a disastrous collision and loss of life,” said United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson in a written statement. “My heart goes out to the families of the victims, and I can only hope the sentence imposed will deter the defendant and others from driving under the influence and endangering the lives of others.”
Nolen pleaded guilty to a charge of Manslaughter in Indian Country and was sentenced to 68 months in prison.