Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

August 1, 2013

Wreck south of Elmore kills one

Staff Reports
Pauls Valley Democrat

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — One fatality and one serious injury was the result of a two-vehicle collision earlier this week a few miles from Elmore City.

Authorities are not sure why one vehicle driven by an Elmore City woman went over the center line of state Highway 74 in the early morning hours Monday, July 29.

When it did go to the left it struck a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction resulting in the death of its driver.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials reported Crystal Kennedy, 29, of Elmore City was alone while driving a 2004 GMC northbound on SH 74.

Traveling southbound on the same highway was a 2009 Ford driven by 62-year-old David Barrett of Roff.

At a listed time of 6:55 a.m. Monday the vehicle driven by Kennedy is reported to have gone left of the highway’s center line at a site about 4 miles south of Elmore City.

It resulted in a collision as Kennedy’s vehicle rotated and came to rest on the highway.

The vehicle driven by Barrett went off the road to the right and rolled 3/4 times coming to rest on the driver’s side, according to state troopers.

Barrett was pinned in the vehicle for about 1 1/2 hours before being freed by Elmore City firefighters using the Hurst extrication tool.

A medical examiner, John Miller, pronounced Barrett dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

Kennedy was initially taken by an Elmore City E.M.S. ambulance to Duncan Regional Hospital in Duncan.

She was later transferred by ambulance to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She was admitted in serious condition with internal and external trunk injuries, along with injuries to her leg.

An OHP report shows both drivers were using seatbelts at the time of the accident.

On the report Kennedy’s condition was listed as “apparently normal,” while the official cause of the accident was “left of center in meeting.”

OHP Trooper Doug George of the Garvin County Detachment was assisted at the scene by other state troopers from Murray and Carter counties, in addition to Elmore City police.