Updated on Friday, November 1, 2019 — Simmons taken into custody; attorney says suspect was not aware of anyone being injured
A formal charge was handed down today from the Logan County District Attorney’s Office in last weekend’s hit and run accident.
33-year-old Mandy Gorsuch was struck by a vehicle late Saturday evening (October 26) while in downtown Guthrie. Gorsuch died due to internal injuries while being transported to the hospital by Guthrie EMS.
Witnesses at the scene stated they saw a pickup strike the victim and fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.
On Thursday, Zachary James Simmons, 28, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatality accident. A warrant has been issued for his arrest with a $50,000 bond, according to online records.
Guthrie News Page has learned Gorsuch and friends had been inside a bar in the 300 block of Oklahoma Ave. Upon leaving the bar, a female passenger in Simmons’ 2015 F-250 truck began yelling at Gorsuch, according to a witness.
Gorsuch reportedly walked towards Simmons’ truck, which was stopped at the exit of the parking lot across from the bar. The witness says the female occupant continued to yell obscenities toward Gorsuch and at some point opened the passenger door and got back in as Gorsuch approached the passenger side.
At the same time, another person with Gorsuch went to the driver’s side of the truck where Simmons allegedly produced a badge told the person to back away. After complying, the witness says Simmons gunned the truck and turned east onto Oklahoma Ave.
A second witness observed a truck “peel out” and running somebody over. The witness said they believed it was on purpose based on the recklessness of the driver’s actions.
The witness went on to say that a block later, Simmons opened his door and looked back.
A witness was able to capture the license plate on the white truck that came back to Simmons’ address in Mulhall. Police were unable to make contact with Simmons – for nearly 24 hours – until the following afternoon.
Simmons told Lt. Mark Bruning “I didn’t run her over” in an interview.
One of the passengers in the truck says they felt the truck hit something but believed it was a curb.
Bruning says Simmons admitted to drinking for several hours and says Simmons had plenty of time to drive away without incident.
“He could have driven slowly out of the parking lot instead of driving in a fast, reckless manner,” Bruning said in a police report. “I believe that Simmons left the scene because he didn’t want to get caught for driving under the influence.”
Simmons quit his position at the Sooner Fire Department two years ago after learning he was going to be demoted in rank after receiving several reprimands for driving the department’s vehicles in a dangerous manner, according to the report.
Guthrie News Page has also learned Simmons once worked inside the Logan County Jail.
Records show Simmons pleaded guilty in 2015 to leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, according to police officials.