Man accused of running over motorcyclist in deadly crash arrested for the 23rd time

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Investigators say one man is in custody following a deadly accident that claimed the life of an Oklahoma woman.

Around 1:20 p.m. on May 7, investigators say a 2007 Chevy Impala hit a vehicle at N.E. 23rd St. and Westminster.

The driver, 42-year-old Mario Cherry, left the scene of the crash and continued driving westbound on N.E. 23rd St.

Authorities say Cherry then hit two motorcycles from behind and drove over the top of them near Avery and N.E. 23rd St.

Tragically, 20-year-old Lauren Atkinson died at the scene. Her parents, who were riding on the second motorcycle, are still in the hospital.

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“Sadly, these three citizens were just riding down the road on their motorcycles enjoying a spring day when this crazed career criminal literally ran over them.  He was driving so fast, the victims probably never saw him approaching.  His driver’s license was suspended and he had no business behind the wheel of any vehicle”, stated Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel who was at the scene of the crash.  “I am outraged that Cherry got yet another opportunity to victimize innocent citizens.”

After a brief struggle with officers, Cherry was taken into custody on charges of first-degree manslaughter, driving under suspension, failure to stop at a collision involving property damage and two counts of assault and battery upon a police officer.

Additional charges may be filed.

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Authorities say this is the 23rd time Cherry has been booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

He was charged with robbery in January but was released after posing a $40,000 bond. He was awaiting a court hearing, which was originally scheduled for this week.


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