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2 Oklahoma Teachers Killed in Wrong-Way Collision

Posted on November 5, 2014

Two Oklahoma teachers were killed in an Oct. 24 collision near Perkins, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The incident reportedly occurred at about 7 a.m., while the teachers were carpooling together from Stillwater to a school in Guthrie.

Authorities stated that a Ford Focus occupied by the two teachers, women ages 24 and 27, was traveling west on State Highway 33 when an eastbound van entered into westbound traffic. The Focus reportedly swerved in an attempt to avoid the van but to no avail, since the van also swerved, resulting in a collision near Redlands Road. Both occupants of the Focus suffered fatal injuries on account of the collision. Officials at the accident scene declared the two women dead. The van’s 37-year-old driver also suffered injuries and was taken to the OU Medical Center for treatment, authorities reported.

According to OHP, a blood test was administered on the van driver to determine if the 37-year-old man was intoxicated at the time of the crash, and the results of the test may take 30 days from the date of administration to return. Purportedly, the man told investigators that he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

While the police investigation is ongoing, the families of the two fatal car accident victims may choose to pursue wrongful death lawsuits against the party at fault for the mortal crash. In order to prevail in such civil action, claimants must show that the at-fault party deserves to be held liable for the crash, citing negligence or some other type of actionable behavior. If successful, the decedents’ families may be awarded compensation for their various economic and noneconomic losses.

Source: News9.com, “Car Crash Takes The Lives Of Two Guthrie Teachers“, Steve Shaw, October 27, 2014

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