Addison Clark, 30, of Muskogee got drunk to the tune of more than double the legal limit to drive on June 21, 2019 and, while driving on North York Street, turned into oncoming traffic in an attempt to enter another bar. When she did, she slammed into a motorcycle driven by Josh Jackson, 32, with his wife, Emily Jackson, 27, as his passenger.
Jackson died at the scene, and Emily Jackson was severely injured, requiring intense medical care.
Clark had an extensive history of arrests for alcohol-related crimes at the time.
Late last week, she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges filed against her in federal court, admitting to being drunk and making the illegal left-hand turn into oncoming traffic. She admitted culpability for killing Jackson and injuring Emily Jackson.
Two hours after the wreck, Clark’s blood-alcohol level was 0.219. According to American Addiction Centers, a blood-alcohol level above 0.2 means “the individual may lose consciousness at this stage. Reasoning with a person at this level can be difficult because their ability to understand has diminished substantially. It is common for people at this level of intoxication to experience a blackout.” A person at that level of intoxication can also die of blood-alcohol poisoning. The average human body processes alcohol at a rate of .02 percent per hour, according to SelfCounseling.com, meaning Clark’s level at the time of the wreck could have been significantly higher.
Clark agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a five-year prison sentence, with credit for time served since June of 2019, which means she will be in federal prison for three years and nine months or so.