Oklahoma County to pay $500K to settle traffic death caused by sheriff's deputy

2/27/2017 - Oklahoma County property owners will be paying $500,000 more in taxes to settle a traffic fatality caused by a sheriff's deputy who was traveling at a high rate of speed while typing on his patrol car's onboard computer.

Robert B. Porter, 66, died in 2014 after deputy Jacob Owen Streeter struck Porter's pickup truck from behind on I-35, knocking it off the interstate.

Porter's daughter sued Streeter and the county in federal court in 2015 on behalf of Porter's estate.

An investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol found that Streeter was most likely distracted and typing on his computer after a Dodge Charger passed him without its lights on and Streeter was running the vehicle's plate's at the time of the accident.

Streeter was charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide. 

Streeter pleaded no contest in July of 2015 and was given two-years probation and a $250 fine.

Streeter reportedly still works for the Oklahoma County sheriff's office, but is restricted from operating a patrol car in emergency mode.