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2 Killed In Head-On Collision In Oklahoma

Posted on July 31, 2014

According to local police, both drivers were killed in a head-on collision in Sapulpa on July 24. The fatal car accident took place at about 8:00 a.m. on New Sapulpa Road when a southbound 1996 Chevy Lumina, driven by a 36-year-old Sapulpa woman, drifted across the center line and collided with a red 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The Lumina flipped over and a fire broke out after the impact.

After extinguishing the fire, Sapulpa Police Department officers rescued the woman from her vehicle and attempted to resuscitate her. She was declared dead shortly after the ambulance arrived.

The 67-year-old driver of the Jetta was rescued from his vehicle and transported to a local hospital with severe injuries, but he later succumbed to his injuries. Police continued to investigate the crash as of July 25.

In civil cases that stem from auto accidents similar to this one, it is important for plaintiffs’ attorneys to try and establish what caused a driver to cross the center line into the path of oncoming traffic. This is because negligence must be proven to a jury in such cases. If a jury in a personal injury or wrongful death suit finds that a defendant’s negligent actions, such as texting, driving under the influence or speeding contributed to an accident, that person is usually deemed liable for the accident in question and forced to pay damages.

When both parties to a motor vehicle accident are killed in it, family members of the decedents can seek restitution from the estate of the other person involved. Compensation awarded from such litigation would be tied to financial harms caused to plaintiffs.

Source: Sapulpa Daily Herald Online, “Victims identified in fatal crash“, Chris Hicks, July 25, 2014

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