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McCurtain County man charged with two counts of manslaughter

McCurtain County - A man is facing manslaughter charges after a crash in April killed two children.

On Friday, April 20, 2018 the Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded for a two vehicle collision on US 259 in McCurtain County in the Hochatown area. The investigation revealed that Phillip McCleery was northbound on US 259 and turning left into the Grateful Head Pizza when his 2012 Toyota Sienna van was struck by a southbound 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by Henry Joseph Liebermann. OHP Troopers assigned to Troop E based in Durant and members of the OHP’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded.

The Toyota was occupied with McCleery’s wife, daughter, two grandsons and two granddaughters, the impact killed two of the grandchildren and critically injured two other occupants. Toxicology samples were collected from both drivers and the vehicles were imaged to obtain event data recorder information from both. OHP Collision Reconstruction Experts assigned to the Traffic Homicide Unit determined the collision was caused by the excessive speed of the Chevrolet Colorado pickup and that Lieberman was above the legal limit and considered under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.

The McCurtain County DA reviewed the case file and charged Henry Lieberman was two counts of 1st degree Manslaughter with bond set at 2 million dollars. Lieberman was booked into the McCurtain County Jail.

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