OEC worker severely injured in crash during Purcell carjacking

Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2022 at 8:07 pm    

MCCLAIN COUNTY, OK — A man was hospitalized with severe injuries last Saturday after he was run over by his own pickup truck as it was being stolen in Purcell, reports The Purcell Register.

The violent crash occurred at the intersection of Green Avenue and Oklahoma Highway 39 on May 7, shortly after 3:45 p.m.

According to Purcell Police, the events first unfolded near Apache Street and South Canadian Avenue. The victim, an Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) contractor, was in the back of his pickup truck grabbing tools for work when it was stolen by a 32-year-old man.

Authorities said the suspect sped off in the pickup with the worker still in the bed of the truck. As the vehicle ran a red light at Green and SH 39, the worker was thrown from the pickup. Moments later, the victim was run over by the pickup at least two times.

Medics rushed the victim by airlift to OU Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

The suspect had fled the crash scene on foot but was later found and arrested with the help of witnesses. He was booked into the McClain County Jail and faces multiple charges.

As of Thursday morning, the victim remains in OU Medical Center’s ICU.


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