Car Crashes in Oklahoma Leave Victims in Different Counties

Car Crashes in Oklahoma Leave Victims in Different CountiesSeveral car accidents across Oklahoma over the past week have left a dizzying number of individuals, including a preschool teacher and a former Pittsburg Country official, in varying states of critical condition and, in two cases, dead.

On Friday, July 15, 49-year-old Cerita Morley was injured in a car crash in Choctaw County. She was formerly the treasurer of Pittsburg County, the McAlester News-Capital reports. She was hit by Scott David, a 38-year-old in a 1994 Ford, who was himself rear-ended by a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 70. According to the news source, when David was rear-ended, his Ford swerved left of center, colliding with Cerita Morley as she drove westbound.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that Morley was pinned in her car for 20 minutes. Fire Department officials freed her, then flew her to a hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She suffered head, arm and leg injuries, according to the news outlet. Speaking to the News-Capital, daughter Samantha Morley said "her injuries are severe, but she is going to be okay."

The Enid News and Eagle also reports on an accident in Oklahoma's Blaine County, in which 69-year-old Darlene Johnston died after hitting a railroad crossing pole off of U.S. Highway 270. She had a passenger, Tammy Rowe Kamp, who was admitted to the hospital in serious condition. Johnston's trunk, arm and leg injuries, incurred in the crash, killed her.

Another major car crash on July 17 in Pawnee, Oklahoma ended in the death of four members of the Pawnee-based Campbell family and a young friend of the family's eldest son, the Tulsa World reports. The two youngest children were identified on Tuesday.

The Campbells' car, containing children Maizy Campbell, Lucas Wayne Campbell, 11 and 1, along with brother William Lee, 17, their mother, 37 year-old Marissa Leigh Campbell and family friend Shane B. Horn, 16, crashed head on with a pickup truck, according to the news source. William Lee was the driver. He lost control of the car near the intersection of Oklahoma 18 and Oklahoma 51, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

The truck held 20-year-old driver Jesse Brown of Yale, Oklahoma, and passenger Cade Anderson, 14. Both Brown and Anderson were treated at a Tulsa hospital, and Brown was released. The Oklahoman reports that Anderson was stabilized.

Marissa Campbell was a preschool teacher at Pawnee Tribal preschool, according to the Oklahoman. She was dedicated to her American Indian heritage. Speaking to the outlet, co-worker Melissa Williams said "she was a really good teacher. She will be missed by everyone. She had taken Pawnee Language Classes and had incorporated the tribe's history into her classes."

The young Shane Horn and driver William Lee both attended Pawnee High School. Horn had just finished freshman year, and William Lee his sophomore year. High school principal Bobby Miller said both students were "role models in the school. They were extremely committed to their families, their community and their school." William, an OSU fan, would tell all who listened that "they were in Cowboy country."

Oklahoma suffers an unusual number of traffic fatalities each year. There are 195 car crashes each day in the state, along with 737 fatalities and 36,350 injuries as a result of statewide crashes, according to the 2009 Official Oklahoma Traffic Collision Report. Any fatalities that occur with 30 days of the crash are noted down as fatalities.

Victims of car crashes or their surviving family members may seek out a car accident lawyer to handle any litigation needs, arising in contested cases where one driver is potentially at fault.