Fatal Accident In Oklahoma Has New Details Come To Light
Just past 4 p.m. on July 8, a 28-year-old man was driving a U-Haul truck south on Rockwell Avenue near Northwest 28th Street in Bethany. The truck crossed over the centerline and into the path of the oncoming traffic, striking four vehicles and then crashing into a pickup truck. The impact caused the pickup to wind up hitting a gas meter where it ruptured a gas line. An explosion then engulfed the pickup truck driver, who was trapped inside his vehicle, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The U-Haul driver was taken into custody and charged with first-degree manslaughter. According to Bethany Police, the man was unsteady, exhibited slow movement, slurred speech and bloodshot red eyes when their officers made initial contact with him. After his booking into the Oklahoma County Jail, bond was set at $10,000. According to the police, the accused has admitted that he took methadone earlier that day, according to police.
Following the accident, Oklahoma Natural Gas crews turned the gas valve off. Drivers were requested to steer clear of that area during the time it took for crews to clean up the scene.
The family of the deceased man might want to consider filing a wrongful death suit against the U-Haul driver. A motor vehicle accident attorney could help by advising them of their rights, examining the evidence at hand and building a viable case for compensation to help cover their loved one's final expenses as well as loss of income to the family in the event that he was the primary breadwinner.
Source: News 9, "One Person Killed After Multi-Vehicle Crash In Bethany," July 8, 2014
Source: News 9, "Driver In Fatal Crash In Bethany Arrested For Manslaughter," Matthew Nuttle, July 9, 2014
Source: KWTV, "New Details Released In Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crash In Bethany", Matthew Nuttle, July 10, 2014