Teen killed in Oklahoma rollover accident

A single-car accident that took place in Stratford, Oklahoma, claimed the life of a teenager and injured one other passenger. The incident occurred on Oct. 8 at around 6:45 p.m. on Highway 19 in Pickett.

A 2002 Ford Mustang was headed east on SH 19 when it came to a curve in the road and ran off the side. The driver reportedly made an attempt to navigate back onto the road but overcorrected, causing him to once again leave the roadway. The vehicle then hit a culvert, which caused it to flip over. One 15-year-old passenger, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was taken to Mercy Hospital Ada, where she was treated and subsequently released. The 17-year-old passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time, was thrown from the back window and killed.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the driver was allegedly under the influence of intoxicants during the accident. He reportedly had slow, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet while talking with officers. The driver admitted to marijuana use days before the accident and also admitted to taking Klonopin. He was taken into custody, and his bond was set at $25,000. His next court appearance was scheduled for Oct. 24.

When an individual passes away due to the negligent acts of another, their family may be able to pursue a wrongful death action against the liable party. The victim's family may collect damages that could cover the costs of burial as well as any lost income that their loved one would have made had they survived.

Source: The Ada News, "Car accident claims life of Stratford teen; driver arrested", Randy Mitchell, October 10, 2014

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