DUI Manslaughter Charges Filed

A Walton County woman, accused of running over her boyfriend and killing him with her car, has now been formally charged in his death.

Walton County sheriff’s investigators charged 37-year-old Jennifer Lynn Highers with manslaughter.

They say Highers ran over Bruce Allen Bates in the driveway of Bate’s Freeport home on May 12. Witnesses say Bates was trying to keep the woman from driving drunk.

He was run over and died at the scene.

Highers is alleged to have fled the scene, but drove by the house twice after hitting bates without stopping to help or call authorities.

She was arrested a short time later on DUI charges and has been held in the Walton County Jail in Defuniak Springs ever since.