Head-On Collision Kills 1, Injures 5 In Oklahoma

One man was killed and five other people were injured in a Wagoner County accident on Sept. 18. The 9:50 p.m. incident took place on Oklahoma 51, according to authorities.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 2001 Pontiac driven by a 20-year-old man collided head-on with a 2010 Dodge van. The Pontiac had been traveling east in the westbound lanes of the highway at the time of the collision, purportedly.

Officials pronounced a 19-year-old passenger in the Pontiac dead at the scene of the accident. The 20-year-old driver of the Pontiac suffered critical injuries and received emergency transport to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa for treatment, authorities said. The driver of the Dodge, a 27-year-old Coweta man, and a 23-year-old passenger in the vehicle both suffered critical injuries. Emergency personnel transported them to St. John Medical Center as well. Two minors involved in the accident suffered critical injuries.

While it was not immediately clear why the Pontiac was traveling the wrong way on the highway, further investigation into the incident may yield evidence indicating the reason. Moreover, further investigation may reveal who, if anyone, was at fault for the fatal incident. If, hypothetically, the accident were to be demonstrably attributed to distracted driving, then the many people who suffered losses in this case may be entitled to financial compensation via civil action.

For example, certain family members of the decedent may file a wrongful death suit against the party whose negligence caused the accident, seeking restitution for funeral bills, estate administration expenses and lost earnings associated with the decedent. A wrongful death attorney representing the bereaved family members may proffer evidence adopted from the police investigation in order to prove to a civil court that the distracted driver should be held liable.

Source: Tulsa World, "Tahlequah teen killed in head-on crash; five others injured", September 19, 2014

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