Sheila Stogsdill

Special to the Grove Sun

JAY - An arrest warrant was issued Friday for a Jay woman accused of supplying alcohol to juveniles who were involved in a drunken driving accident that killed three people.

Stephanie Nichole Thornhill, 23, was charged Friday in Delaware County District Court in Jay with furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a person younger than age 21.

The three-car crash, which occurred April 30 on a Delaware County rural road off U.S. 59 about 1 p.m., killed Betty Jefferies, 78; her son Randy Jefferies, 58; and Gloria Ferguson, 69, all of Jay. The Jefferieses died that day; Ferguson died May 9.

Douglas Lee Huddleston, 17, of Jay, was the driver of a vehicle that ran off the road, overcorrected, crossed the center line and hit Fergusonís vehicle head-on, authorities said. Her car spun around and struck a third vehicle. Betty and Randy Jefferies were Fergusonís passengers.

Huddleston was 16 years old when the crash happened and was charged as a youthful offender in Delaware County District Court.

A 16-year-old juvenile male, who was a passenger in Huddlestonís vehicle, told authorities he obtained a 12-pack of beer and a small bottle of vodka from Thornhill on the day of the fatal accident.

The juvenile passenger reportedly told authorities he gave alcohol to Huddleston.

On Sept. 20, Thornhill allegedly confessed to authorities she bought the beer and vodka for the juvenile and charged him $20.

Troopers found several empty beer cans in Huddlestonís car and a nearly empty 20-pack of beer in the back seat, an affidavit states.

Huddlestonís blood-alcohol level reportedly was 0.14. The legal limit in Oklahoma is 0.8.

Huddleston told authorities that he and two other juvenile passengers skipped school, bought alcohol, went to a park in South West City, Mo., and began drinking, the affidavit states.

They were headed back to Jay when the crash occurred.

Huddleston remains in custody on $150,000 bail. A bench warrant was issued for Thornhill.