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One dead after drowning in Keystone Lake

PAWNEE COUNTY, OK – A man from Oklahoma City has died after drowning in a lake near Tulsa when he fell off of a pontoon boat Tuesday.

The Army Corps of Engineers recovered the body of Jerrel Warrick, 58, from Keystone Lake just before 4:00 p.m.

According to KFOR, Warrick was attempting to throw the anchor over the edge of the boat when he slipped into the lake at 3:15 p.m. Witnesses threw him a flotation device but Warrick was unable to reach it before the waves swept him under the water.

We will continue to follow this story and provide any further details as they are made available.

The Oklahoma City wrongful death attorneys of Abel Law Firm have extensive experience helping those who’ve been hurt due to the negligent actions of others. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, we can help. Our team will help you understand your rights and legal options and will seek the maximum compensation possible for your claim. Call us at (405) 451-5157 or fill out a contact form to schedule a free consultation with us online.

House fire in Oklahoma City kills one

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma City Fire Department responded to a house fire northwest of the city that left one person dead Sunday night.

According to KFOR, Fire officials responded to a call of breaking glass on the 3800 block of Northwest 32nd Street at about 9:15 p.m. Fire officials noticed the blaze as they arrived at the scene and immediately entered the home.

The fire was soon brought under control. However, one adult made was found dead on the couch where the fire was believed to be started. Two pets were safely taken from the home by Oklahoma City Animal Welfare.

No information regarding what may have started the fire has been released as of yet.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma fire accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.

7-year-old girl dead in boating accident, possibly alcohol-related, on Waurika Lake

JEFFERSON COUNTY, OK – A 7-year-old girl from Comanche is dead following a boating accident on Waurika Lake that was possibly related to alcohol, reports KFOR.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon around the Kiowa 2 boat ramp where the little girl was riding in a boat with eight other people. The child fell off the swim deck of the boat and into the water, where she was then hit by the boat propeller and suffered severe injuries.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the boat was Caleb Newton, 36, who smelled of alcohol at the time of the accident, according to the report.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma boating accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.

UPDATE: Driver in rear-end collision that killed four high school students charged with murder

ATOKA COUNTY, OK. – The driver of a pickup truck that rear-ended a vehicle carrying four high school students has been charged with murder.

According to sources, 42-year-old Bradley Shawn Pittman was arrested on Tuesday following his release from the hospital and was charged with four counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Hunter Ford, Fernando Flores, Jack Sarver, and Kaleb Foster.

As we previously reported, the multi-fatality crash occurred shortly before midnight at the intersection of Main Street and Radio Road on Memorial Day. Investigators discovered that Pittman’s blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit, and he was speeding at the time of the collision.

Three of the teens, Flores, Foster, and Ford, were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth, Sarver, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Pittman has a history of previous citations and arrests, including nearly 20 traffic tickets, DUIs, reckless driving, assault, and battery of a law enforcement officer.

Our thoughts are with the families of the victims during this difficult time. We will continue to monitor this developing story and will post updates as they become available.

Four teenagers killed in rear end collision in Durant

DURANT, OK. – Four Durant teenagers were killed in a tragic rear-end collision on Sunday night.

According to the Herald Democrat, the collision occurred at the intersection of West Main Street and Radio Road. The teens were in a 2003 Ford Escape SUV and were stopped at a traffic light when a 2010 Ford Tundra collided with them from behind. Eyewitnesses say the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit their SUV.

The SUV the teens were riding in was pushed through the intersection and over the median. The vehicle crossed the eastbound lanes of traffic and fell onto the service road below, traveling nearly 200 feet from the site of impact.

Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were airlifted to Texas hospitals where they died on Monday. Authorities have identified the victims as Hunter Ford, Kaleb Foster, Fernando Flores, and Jack Sarver.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as Bradley Shawn Pittman, 42, of Atoka. Authorities believe that Pittman may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash since investigators detected alcohol on him during their initial investigation. They are currently waiting on the results of a toxicology report.

If you have any information about this accident or of Mr. Pittman’s whereabouts before the event, contact the Durant Police Department at (580) 924-3737.

The Oklahoma car accident attorneys of Abel Law Firm report on accidents in our community to hopefully help you and your loved ones stay safe while driving. We are here to represent those who’ve been hurt or have lost loved ones due to the reckless or careless actions of others. We can be reached 24/7 at (405) 451-5157 or online.

Man dead after altercation in Oklahoma County Jail

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A man died Thursday at 2:40 p.m. after Oklahoma County Jail personnel used force to restrain him him, according to KFOR.

Oklahoma City officers arrested 56-year-old Olain Jefferson, Jr. after he assaulted medical personnel at the Southwest Medical Center.

Olain was taken to Oklahoma County Jail, where he was involved in an altercation with officers.

Jefferson is reported to have suffered some type of medical event during the scuffle. Authorities say that only “minor force” was administered, but Jefferson was rushed to a nearby hospital as the result of the injuries he sustained, where he was pronounced dead.

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of Jefferson’s death.

 

The Oklahoma City wrongful death attorneys of Abel Law Firm have extensive experience helping those who’ve been hurt or killed due to the negligent actions of others. Our team will help you understand your rights and legal options and will seek the maximum compensation possible for your claim. Call us at (405) 451-5157 or fill out a contact form to schedule a free consultation with us online.

Police arrest 17-year-old driver after cyclist is killed in deadly hit-and-run crash

TULSA, OK. – A 17-year-old was arrested by Okmulgee police after a deadly hit-and-run crash on Wednesday. The crash occurred at the intersection of East Kennedy and North Osage in Okmulgee at around 8:30 p.m.

The victim was identified as 60-year-old John Perryman. He was discovered lying in the roadway, and it was clear that he had been struck by a vehicle while he was riding his bicycle. The driver who hit Perryman had fled the scene. Perryman was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.

Police were called to a nearby apartment complex at 11:30 p.m. by one of the relatives of the driver. The driver, a 17-year-old girl, informed her family of the crash and they contacted the authorities. She was taken into custody shortly thereafter and remains in a juvenile detention center.

The Oklahoma bicycle accident attorneys represent those who’ve been hurt and the families of those who’ve been tragically killed in accidents on the roads and highways in our community. We know that coping with any accident is difficult, but hit-and-run accidents are particularly devastating. We fight to hold those responsible accountable for their actions, particularly when they fail to stop and render aid after a crash. If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a bike crash in Oklahoma, call Abel Law Firm for help at  (405) 451-5157.

 

Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle in OKC

On January 10, a pedestrian died of personal injuries in Oklahoma City after he was struck by a vehicle, and the driver involved is facing multiple charges after authorities apprehended him, an article of KOCO 5 News reported.

According to reports, authorities were called around 3:30 a.m. to respond to a pedestrian accident at the intersection of South MacArthur Boulevard and West Reno Avenue. Arlee Williamson Jr., 60, was pushing a shopping cart at the time, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 45-year-old Alphaeus Bates. Williamson succumbed to his injuries a little later while being treated at a local hospital. Bates, on the other hand, was apprehended by authorities. Aside from the first-degree manslaughter charge filed against him, other charges were also filed against Bates for failing to secure a valid license and proof of insurance for his vehicle.

The wrongful death attorneys at Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma express their deepest condolences to the family and friends who are grieving the loss of their loved one.

Oklahoma athlete Jimbo Elrod dead after car accident

Former professional football player James “Jimbo” Elrod was pronounced dead after getting into a car accident, a December 12 article of USA Today reported.

Information coming from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol revealed that Elrod, 62, was thrown out from the sunroof of his vehicle after crashing into a guardrail at 3:45 in the afternoon. Initial investigations revealed Elrod was not restrained by a seat belt, and his wife Diana was traveling with him when the crash occurred. Diana was listed in serious condition while being treated at a hospital in Oklahoma City. Football coach Barry Switzer said Elrod’s wrestling background contributed to how great he was in his football career. Aside from playing in the NFL, Elrod played as a defensive end for the All-American team in the 70’s.

The Oklahoma wrongful death attorneys at the Abel Law Firm express their deepest thoughts and condolences to the family and friends who are mourning the loss of their loved one.

Driver in deadly Oklahoma crash sped up before incident

Federal authorities discovered a female driver involved in a horrific Oklahoma accident increased her speed before ramming into a crowd during a parade, a report of CBS DFW reported on October 13. The incident, which occurred last year, killed four people.

Information coming from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) gave the impression that 26-year-old Adacia Chambers caused the accident because she was suffering from “emotional distress.” Adacia’s coworkers noted that she seemed preoccupied moments before she rammed her vehicle into the crowd watching the homecoming parade at Oklahoma State University on October 24 last year. The NTSB investigation revealed that Adacia was driving with a speed of 54 mph then after five seconds her speed increased by 5 mph. The investigation also showed that the driver stepped on the brake pedal after she struck a police motorcycle used as a barrier.

The lawyers at the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma believe that families who have lost their loved ones in a car accident should be entitled to remunerations to help them recover their financial loss. If you are in such a situation, we may be able to help you pursue damage claims from negligent parties. Learn more about your options from us today by calling (405) 451-5157.

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