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Drunk Driving Suspected in Fatal Accident

Posted on September 23, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

Drunk driving is suspected in a recent crash in which two people died. The fatal accident took place on a recent Saturday afternoon. According to troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the driver suffered unspecified injuries for which he was transported to a hospital in Tulsa. He was taken into custody after being released from the hospital on the Tuesday after the crash.

Preliminary reports show that the 34-year-old driver was speeding on Highway 88 when he lost control of his vehicle. It went off the road on a curve at the south end of Oologah Dam, which caused the car to flip end over end. It then crashed into some trees and fell down a cliff. One of the passengers, a 32-year-old woman, was thrown out of the vehicle and died at the scene.

The other two passengers, an 11-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries. Tragically, the 11-year-old ultimately died at the hospital. At last report, the other boy was still in the hospital.

The driver faces charges of two counts of manslaughter in the first-degree and DUI causing injury. He could also find himself as a defendant in civil actions for wrongful death and personal injury. If Oklahoma prosecutors secure a conviction for a crime connected to the fatal accident, proof of it may be offered in the civil actions to help establish the driver’s negligence. If a civil court determines that negligence was the cause of the deaths and injuries suffered, damages may be awarded that could help defray the financial losses incurred as a result of the driver’s actions.

Source: newson6.com, “Collinsville Man Arrested After Fatal Oologah Dam Crash“, Russell Hulstine, Sept. 16, 2015

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