Former Osage Nation policeman charged in fatal hit-and-run traffic accident

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

A former Osage Nation Police officer was charged Monday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run traffic accident that occurred May 1 in Tulsa.

Corey Blake Stewart has been named in a felony count of leaving the scene of a fatality accident and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer. Both charges were filed in Tulsa District Court based upon reports submitted by the Tulsa Police Department. Court records showed Stewart turned himself in Monday evening, a few hours after a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Reportedly, Stewart was off-duty and driving his police vehicle the night it struck a man who was walking on a north Tulsa street. The pedestrian, Shawn Watashe, died after being found by passersby and taken to a hospital.

Investigating officers said Stewart left the scene initially, but came back five to 10 minutes later. According to TPD reports, he told the officers he found damage to his vehicle and was returning to determine what he might have hit. The area was dark and the pedestrian had not been in a crosswalk, Tulsa police said.

Stewart, who is 26, was fired from the ON police force approximately two weeks after the mishap.