2 Teachers Die In Motor Vehicle Accident
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the 27- and 24-year-old junior high English teachers were driving from Stillwater to a junior high in Guthrie where they worked. The younger woman was behind the wheel of a Ford Focus; the pair was heading westbound on State Highway 33 by Redlands Road. At the same time, a 37-year-old man was allegedly driving a van east in the westbound lanes. A witness reported that the Ford driver attempted to swerve to avoid a head-on collision, but was unsuccessful.
Both teachers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. A lieutenant for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that law enforcement obtained a sample of the man's blood to test for drugs or alcohol. The results are expected to take approximately 30 days. The male driver was transported to a nearby medical center for the treatment of serious injuries that he suffered in the accident. He supposedly told investigators that he thought he may have fallen asleep while he was behind the wheel.
When a person dies in a fatal car accident, his or her family may have the right to bring forth a wrongful death claim on the victim's behalf. Through a claim of this nature, a loved one may be able to present a case that shows that the other driver acted in a negligent manner, such as by drinking and driving, sleeping at the wheel or a disregard for traffic rules. If successful, a spouse or dependent may be able to receive financial compensation for their loss.
Source: News9.com, "Car Crash Takes The Lives Of Two Guthrie Teachers", Steve Shaw, October 27, 2014