The Duncan Banner

July 31, 2013

Man dies in Highway 7 wreck

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — A Ratliff City man was killed and two Wynnewood women were injured as a result of a single-car accident early Tuesday morning on Oklahoma Highway 7.

Passenger Shelby Blessin, 25, died from injuries sustained in the accident, which took place at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday. Blessin was announced dead at the scene by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office.

Driver Jennifer Kimbro, 24, was transported to Duncan Regional Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition with internal trunk, arm and leg injuries. Passenger Kristy Bowen, 43, was transported to Comanche County Memorial Hospital by Air Evac. Bowen was listed in critical condition with head, internal trunk, arm and leg injuries.

According to an accident report filed by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the 2004 Dodge pickup, driven by Kimbro, was west bound on Oklahoma Highway 7, when the vehicle went left of center, overcorrected and departed the roadway to the right for about 385 feet.

The vehicle “took evasive action, overcorrected, went into a broad slide across both lanes and rolled approximately four times. All three occupants were ejected,” according to the report.

None of the people in the vehicle were wearing seat belts. The airbags did not deploy.

In addition to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, other agencies that aided in the accident scene were the Stephens County Sheriff’s Department, Duncan Police Department, Duncan Fire Department, Oakridge Fire Department, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, American Medical Response EMS, Medical Examiner’s Office and the Lawton Police Department.

The report stated the cause of the collision is still under investigation, although the driver had an “odor of alcohol beverage.”

Because of the accident, a section of Oklahoma State Highway 7 was closed for 4 hours and 18 minutes.