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July 13, 2013

Duncan couple involved in H.E. Bailey Turnpike collision; pregnant mother dies, children in serious condition

DUNCAN — Two Duncan residents were involved in an accident on H.E. Bailey Turnpike Saturday morning, about 11 a.m., that resulted in fatalities and left others in serious conditions.

Harvell Jefferson and Bobbie Jefferson, both 54, of Duncan, were transported to Integris Hospital by Grady/McClain EMS and treated and released according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report.

The accident occurred, when a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by Isaac Heide, 27, La Mesa, Texas, made an unsafe lane change from left to right.

The Jefferson’s vehicle, a 2007 Chevy HHR, driven by Bobbie, took evasive action to the shoulder when the Heide vehicle veered into their lane. According to the OHP report, Bobbie Jefferson lost control, returning to the roadway, where her vehicle struck vehicle one in the right rear tire. At that time, the Heide vehicle hit the bridge abutment rolling 1/4 time. Eva Heide, 25, who was 7 months pregnant, and Isaac Heide, age 1, were both ejected from their vehicle, and Eva was struck by the Jefferson vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest about 84 feet from the bridge abutment and Eva was pinned for about 1 hour. Both she and her unborn fetus died at the scene. The toddler was taken to OU Medical Center and admitted with head, trunk external and extremities injuries. He is listed in serious condition. Jake Heide, 19, was taken to OU Medical Center by AirEvac and is in serious condition.

Cause of collision was cited as unsafe lane change by the Isaac Heide, 27, the driver of the Dodge Ram.  

Seatbelts were in use by all except Eva and little Isaac. The collision was investigated by Trooper Randall Milam of Troop YC.

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