OKLAHOMA CITY, JULY 30 -- Nearly a year after she was injured in the catastrophic drunk-driving accident of her boyfriend Bruce Kimball, Cokey Smith today won the women's platform diving competition at the U.S. Olympic Festival. Smith, who still needs to have surgery on her injured right ankle, won the first national competition of her career with a narrow victory over Darcy Dominick of Bethel Park, Pa., and Alison Maisch of Cherry Hill, N.J. Smith, of Ann Arbor, Mich., received 380.35 points to 378.95 for Dominick and 374.50 for Maisch. Olympians Wendy Williams and Wendy Wyland, who would have been co-favorites to win here, did not compete because of injuries or illness. Smith was a passenger in Kimball's car last Aug. 1 when he drove into a group of teenagers gathered at the end of a road in Brandon, Fla. Two people were killed and four others were injured in the gruesome crash, which attracted national attention when Kimball unsuccessfully attempted to make the 1988 U.S. Olympic team two weeks later. Kimball, the 1984 Olympic silver medalist in platform diving, was sentenced to 17 years in a Florida prison and 15 years of probation following the prison term. He will be eligible for parole in five or six years. "What happened last year was last year," said Smith, 24, who still is coached by Dick Kimball, Bruce's father, at the University of Michigan. "Just like Bruce is trying to start a new life, I am too." Smith said she keeps in touch with Kimball over the phone. "It's difficult because we're 1,100 miles away, but we do talk," she said. Smith finished sixth at the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials after the accident. "I was injured then," she said, "but I ignored it so I could compete at the trials."