Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers reported that a 25-year-old woman caused an accident on Interstate 244 while driving in the wrong direction on June 23. The woman was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of traffic, and she ignored the attempts of police troopers to stop her vehicle, according to reports. Tulsa County Sheriff's Deputies pursued the woman with their sirens on while the woman had narrowly escaped colliding with a number of vehicles; the chase with the driver began on the Broken Arrow Expressway, before the woman got onto the interstate.
The driver's Honda eventually struck a Ford SUV that was carrying a family. The collision occurred shortly before 11 p.m. near 33rd West Avenue. The 25-year-old driver, a resident of Broken Arrow, was placed under arrest after she was treated for her injuries at a Tulsa hospital. The driver of the SUV and her two children also required hospitalization. A trooper speaking to a news outlet suggested that everyone involved in the crash in stable condition and was expected to recover.
The driver was booked into jail on suspicion of DUI, causing an accident while intoxicated, attempting to allude law enforcement and driving the wrong way on the road. The woman's bond was set at $1,600. When troopers questioned the driver, she admitted that she had taken Xanax earlier in the day, and she said that she had been drinking rum.
Victims of car accidents can sometimes incur more financial expenses than their insurance or workers compensation are willing to cover. If a crash victim loses money in the form of lost wages or medical expenses, that person may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent or reckless driver. A personal injury attorney may help a victim by speaking to witnesses and police officers while gathering evidence supporting the plaintiff's claim.
Source: News On 6, "OHP: Intoxicated, Wrong Way Driver Causes West Tulsa Crash", Russell Hulstine, June 24, 2014