An Oklahoma trucking company called the police to turn in their own truck driver for an alleged hit and run that claimed the life of a motorcyclist after recognizing his truck in a video clip posted to Facebook by police.
On Thursday, July 18, the Seminole Police Department arrested 52 year old truck driver Wesley White and charged him with felony counts of first degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatality collision, and leaving the scene of a serious injury collision.
The charges are connected an incident that occurred around 9:20 p.m. on July 11 on State Highway 9 in Seminole, Oklahoma.
Police say that a semi truck struck a couple on motorcycle while making a U-turn.
Motorcyclist Mike Hatton died in the crash and his wife Hailey Hatton was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Because the truck driver didn’t stay at the scene, police released a video on their Facebook page, hoping to identify the trucking company and find the driver.
From the Seminole Police Department:
…Using video from the canvass, the Seminole Police released a crime commercial on their Facebook page, which led to an Oklahoma City based trucking firm contacting the police department. Currently, Seminole Police Detectives and OHP Traffic Homicide Investigators are processing the vehicle and conducting interviews.
After being contacted by the company, police drove to Western Flyer Trucking Company headquarters in Oklahoma City and arrested White.
For more information, you can see the report below.