Man hit and killed by semi-truck after crashing his car in fiery accident near Shawnee

Posted on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 at 6:06 pm    

SHAWNEE, OK (POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY) – A 57-year-old man was killed in an accident northeast of Shawnee, in Pottawatomie County Friday morning when he stepped out of his car, which had caught on fire in a separate crash on I-40.

According to KFOR, the accident happened near the Earlsboro exit on westbound I-40 just before 6:30 a.m.

The victim, 57-year-old Robert Scott Cappetta, of Prague, Oklahoma, ran off the side of the road, and his 2005 Ford van collided with a guardrail. The vehicle continued onto the shoulder and then caught on fire.

Cappetta walked out of the blazing car and walked to the interstate when he was hit by a semi-truck. He died at the scene.

The truck driver was not reported as injured.

According to the report, it was dark when the accident occurred.

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 car 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.


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