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September 7, 2012

Waurika man killed in motor vehicle crash

WAURIKA — A Waurika man died after being ejected from his motor vehicle after departing the roadway Thursday on a county road in Jefferson County.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, Rodney Craven, 30, of Waurika, was driving eastbound on CR EW2000 near CR NS2790 in Jefferson County when his motor vehicle departed the roadway as he was making a left turn on a gravel road. The collision occurred at 7:26 a.m. Thursday morning.

Craven suffered massive injuries from the collision and was transported from the scene to Dudley Funeral Home.

After departing the roadway, his vehicle struck a fence and continued traveling eastbound before rolling one time and after coming to a rest, Craven was ejected 94 feet east and 26 feet north of the area of impact.

The OHP report states the cause of the collision was unsafe speed for the type of roadway.

Seatbelts were equipped but not in use at the time of the collision.

Airbags deployment and installation are still under investigation along with the condition of Craven at the moment of the crash.

Trooper Mark Smith of the Jefferson County Detachment investigated the scene and was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriffs Department and the Waurika Fire Department.

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