Recent Traffic Fatalities on OKC Roads Confirm Common Dangers

Six recent traffic deaths in the Oklahoma City metro area confirm some of the common factors that we know contribute to deaths on our local roads.

Driving under the influence was involved in at least three, possibly four, of the recent fatalities. All six of the deaths occurred in outskirts of the metro area; none occurred on highly-trafficked Oklahoma City streets, but rather in less developed areas.

Three of the six deaths — in three separate incidents — occurred in the Lake Overholser area, on or near Overholser Road.

Man, Woman Killed in Del City

A man and woman, both in their early 20s, died at the scene of a car crash on Monday, Labor Day, in Del City. The woman was driving; the man was a passenger; they were stopped in a car at a stoplight on Sunnylane Road, between SE 44th and 59th.

A pick-up truck failed to stop at the light and rear-ended them. The crash occurred at about 9:40 p.m. Both of them were wearing seatbelts. The woman had two children and the man had one.

The 28-year-old man who was driving the pickup was arrested on two counts of manslaughter, as well as complaints of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in a fatality and driving without a license. He was taken to OU Medical Hospital and then booked into Oklahoma County Jail.

Court records show that he was on probation from an earlier DUI.

Edmond Man Died in Logan County

A 50-year-old Edmond man died on Monday, Labor Day, in a three-vehicle crash two miles north of Edmond in Logan County. The man was driving at the intersection of Broadway and Charter Oak Road.

The three-car crash began when Vehicle 1, an eastbound car on Charter Oak Road, struck Vehicle 2, a pickup truck southbound on Broadway. The collision caused the pickup to roll and hit Vehicle 3, the car the Edmond man was driving. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident happened at about 3:45 p.m.; he was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of Vehicle 1 was an Edmond woman, age 32. The driver of Vehicle 2 was also a woman, age unknown. Neither of those drivers were injured. The Highway Patrol said the condition of both surviving drivers appeared normal and that the incident is under investigation.

Two Bicycle Riders

• In August, a 40-year-old man was riding a bicycle at about 11:30 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The incident happened on Friday, Aug. 8, on NW 10th near County Line Road.

The vehicle driver was a 37-year-old woman. She told police she did not see the bicyclist, although the police report said the bicycle’s lights were on. The driver was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. She was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail and later released on bail.

• In a separate incident the next day, a 36-year-old man was riding a bicycle at about 12:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, on NW 39th Expressway near Lake Overholser Drive. He was participating in The Children’s Center’s Spin Your Wheels fundraising event at Lake Overholser.

The bicyclist fell into oncoming traffic and was hit by a boat trailer. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle pulling the boat trailer was not arrested.

Yukon Jogger

A Yukon man, 49, was jogging at about 7:40 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, on Lake Overholser Drive near County Line Road when he was hit from behind by a pickup truck. The driver, an Oklahoma City man, 62, appeared to officers to be unsteady on his feet, with slurred speech and constricted pupils.

He was arrested on a complaint of causing an injury accident and not having a state driver’s license. He was taken to the Oklahoma County jail and later released on bail.

Along with the common threads I observed at the start of this blog post about these six fatalities, here are two more:

• In three of these six fatalities, the ones who died was not driving vehicles themselves. Two were riding bicycles and one was jogging. When you get out on a road or highway on bike or on foot, you must never assume that the drivers see you. It may be too dark or they may be too drunk.

• Contrary to popular notions that the most dangerous drivers are teenagers and senior adults, the drivers of the five vehicles that caused the above six deaths were ages 28, 32, 37, 62, and age unknown.

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