Mail carrier dead, 2 injured in rural car accident

An Oklahoma mail carrier is dead after suffering catastrophic injuries in a two-vehicle collision near Ponca City. The car accident reportedly happened in a rural area several miles from the town. The woman, a rural mail carrier, was riding with another driver in order to teach him the delivery route.

Official reports show that the woman, age 34, was behind the wheel of a Honda CRV when her vehicle was struck at an intersection. The woman was driving southbound, and the other driver was traveling east when the collision occurred. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The decedent was declared dead at the scene. Her 31-year-old male passenger suffered severe injuries to his head and torso, and he was transported to a nearby medical center in Wichita, Kansas. The apparent at-fault driver, a 23-year-old man, was taken to the Ponca City Medical Center, where he was also treated for torso and head injuries. That younger driver was behind the wheel of a 2002 Chevrolet pick truck that plowed into the victim's car.

The victims in this case were simply trying to perform their jobs when they were involved in a catastrophic car collision. Negligent drivers who do not pay attention at rural intersections should be held accountable for their poor decision-making. These at-fault drivers may not always face criminal prosecution, but they can still be targeted through civil court action. Wrongful death and personal injury suits can help victims recover from the impact of such a horrific auto accident. Whether a negligent driver was texting and driving -- or was even intoxicated behind the wheel -- that person should be held accountable for his or her deadly choices.

Source: The Ponca City News, "Ponca City Woman Killed" Rolf Clements, Aug. 13, 2014

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