Woman Implicated in Death of Keith’s Dad

News outlets in Oklahoma City, are reporting that the circumstances surrounding the death of Toby Keith’s father, Hubert “H.K.” Covel, are under investigation. Covel died March 24, 2001, when his truck crossed a median on Interstate 35, south of Oklahoma City, and ran head-on into a charter bus. Keith speculated that his father had suffered a heart attack. Now investigators in Purcell, Okla., say Jeannie Sparlin, 29, has admitted in an affidavit to being involved in the accident and to leaving the scene of the wreck. She faces a felony charge and has waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Sparlin was behind the wheel of a pickup that collided with Covel’s truck before his collision. Sparlin is expected to enter a blind plea before a judge on July 11. 05/14/02