By Gale Rose
A Pratt County man awaits sentencing after a jury finds him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
A Pratt County jury found Drew Allen Haerle, 29 of Preston, guilty following a two-day trial in Pratt County District Court, said Don Brown, director of communications for the Office of the Kansas Attorney General.
District Court Judge Francis Meisenheimer will sentence Haerle at 1:30 p.m. on May 28.
Haerle was charged after he was involved in a two-vehicle accident on May 27, 2011 that resulted in the death of Marla Frazer, 45 of Beaver, Okla.
Haerle was west bound on NE 60th Street in a 2004 Ford pickup and failed to yield at a stop sign at K-61 northeast of Pratt.
He was driving at a high rate of speed and collided with the Frazier 2006 Chevrolet SUV.
Frazier died from injuries suffered in the collision. She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Also injured in the accident were driver David Frazier and passenger Clarence Frazier.
Haerle tested positive for alcohol and marijuana, Brown said.
He was alone in his pickup at the time of the accident and he was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol accident web site.
Local Pratt prosecutors asked the Kansas Attorney General's office to assist in the prosecution of the case because it was a traffic collision involving a fatality. Assistant Attorney General Karen Wittman had expertise in that area and was assigned the case, Brown said.