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August 2, 2013

Two deaths come in area accident

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — State troopers are still investigating the cause of an area accident that claimed two lives and severely injured a Wynnewood woman.

The one-vehicle accident came during the early morning hours Tuesday, July 30 at a site near Velma in neighboring Stephens County.

Although the cause of the accident is still being investigated, officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed that alcohol could have been involved.

Pronounced dead at the scene of the accident was 25-year-old Shelby Blessin of Ratliff City.

Another passenger, Kristy Bowen, 43, of Wynnewood passed away the following day.

A report released by the OHP shows it was Jennifer Kimbro, 24, also of Wynnewood, who was driving a 2004 Dodge pickup westbound on state Highway 7.

At a listed of around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday the pickup went left of the highway’s center line, where the driver is believed to have overcorrected sending the vehicle off the roadway to the right for approximately 385 feet.

Troopers reported the driver took “evasive action” before again overcorrecting as the pickup went into a broad slide across both lanes of the road.

It then rolled an estimated four times as all three people in the vehicle were ejected. None were reported to be wearing seatbelts.

The crash site was between Velma and Duncan in Stephens County.

Troopers reported Blessin died at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident. He was transported to a funeral home in the area.

As for Bowen, she was airlifted to Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

She was admitted in critical condition with head, trunk internal, arm and leg injuries. She died at the hospital on Wednesday.

Kimbro was initially listed in serious condition after she was taken by ambulance to Duncan Regional Hospital. She was later transferred to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City with trunk internal, arm and leg injuries.

OHP Trooper Darin Carman of the Stephens County Detachment reported the official cause of the accident was still under investigation, while the condition of the driver included an “odor of alcohol beverage.”

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