2 middle school teachers killed by wrong-way driver

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed that two women were killed in a car accident that took place in Perkins on Oct. 27. Before the fatal wreck, the 24-year-old and 27-year-old women had been carpooling on their way to work. Both of the deceased women were English teachers who taught at Guthrie Junior High School.

According to OHP investigators, the fatal car crash occurred while the two women were traveling westbound along State Highway 33 in a Ford Focus. The 24-year-old woman was driving the vehicle, and the 27-year-old woman was sitting in the passenger seat. Shortly before 7 a.m., a 37-year-old man who was driving a van eastbound in the westbound lane crashed head-on into the Ford near Redlands Road.

A witness reported that the Ford driver had swerved to try to avoid hitting the van. At the same time, however, the van driver also swerved and collided with the Ford. The two women were pronounced dead at the scene, and the van driver was taken to Ohio University Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. A blood sample was taken from the van driver, but the results from toxicology tests are expected to take about 30 days. Police say the driver of the van told them that he might have fallen asleep at the wheel.

When someone is killed in an accident involving a wrong-way driver, determining who is liable for the crash may be relatively straightforward. An attorney might possibly help family members of a person killed in a wrong-way collision to gather eyewitness testimony and police reports that establish what happened before their loved one's death. The family may then be able to use this evidence to pursue some financial compensation from the driver at fault.

Source: News9.com, "Car Crash Takes The Lives Of Two Guthrie Teachers", Steve Shaw, October 27, 2014

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