The Duncan Banner

July 7, 2013

Waurika man dies in motorcycle crash following high speed pursuit

Richardson was passenger in Comanche County pursuit


The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — A young Waurika man died following a crash in Comanche County late Saturday night.

Zachary Lynn Richardson, 18, of Waurika, died at the scene from massive internal injuries, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report filed by Trooper John Hoover with the Comanche County Detachment.

Wolf Andrew Manuel, 21, of Lawton, was clocked by Geronimo Police at a high rate of speed, arund 11:17 p.m. on U.S. 277, 2/10ths of a mile south of Baseline in Comanche County. He was driving a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle, and Richardson was his passenger.

Geronimo PD engaged a pursuit, but Manuel didn’t stop, according to the report. GPD lost visual contact of the motorcycle when speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour. The Geronimo Police officer came upon the motorcycle on its side, off the roadway to the right on U.S. 277. Both riders were on the ground. OHP was not involved in the pursuit.

The driver, Manuel, was transported to Comanche County Memorial Hospital by medi-flight and admitted with internal trunk injuries, listed as in serious condition.

Richardson was transported to Southwest Mortuary of Lawton by that facility.

The OHP report indicated that Manuel’s condition included odor of alcohol and the cause of the crash was unsafe speed, exceeding legal limit.

Hoover was assisted with the investigation and handling of the crash by Trooper Richard Vanhorn, the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office, Geronimo Police Department, CCMH ambulance, Geronimo Fire Department and Medi-Flight.