Warrant issued for woman accused of causing fatal crash last week

Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 5:33 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2022 at 1:24 PM CST
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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - A warrant has been issued for a woman accused of causing the fatal crash behind the Choctaw Casino last Tuesday.

According to court records from the State of Oklahoma, Bailey Lessly was charged with first degree manslaughter for the crash on South 9th Ave. that killed Melanie Ward.

Lessly’s blood alcohol level was more than .08.

Lessly’s bond will be set at $250,000 when she is arrested.

*Original Story*

A Kingston woman was killed and her husband was critically injured in a wrong way crash Friday night behind Choctaw Casino Resort.

It happened at South 9th Street and Choctaw Road in Durant. Melanie Ward and her husband were struck by a driver who turned into oncoming traffic.

Melanie died on the scene and her husband, Roberto Maldonado, is in the hospital in critical condition.

According to Melanie’s employer, OK Behavioral Health, Roberto has a fractured femur, multiple fractures in his right arm, and injuries to his face.

OK Behavioral Health said Melanie was originally from McAlester, but moved to the Kingston area.

They also added that she leaves behind a son who attends Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

On Sunday, OK Behavioral Health took to social media about the loss of their loyal employee.

In the post they said Melanie “... had a strong work ethic and created a work environment where employees were like family.”

They continue to say that “She left behind a great legacy and bettered the lives of countless people over many years.”

Durant Police have not released information regarding this incident, other than it’s an ongoing investigation.

If you would like to donate to help Melanie’s family, an account at First United Bank has been set up in her honor.