Pauls Valley Democrat
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
One driver’s failure to yield to an oncoming vehicle is the official cause of an accident this week with a Stratford woman sustaining the most serious of the injuries.
Twenty-year-old Amber Waller was initially listed in serious condition after a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon near Springer in nearby Carter County.
Waller was a passenger in a car that state troopers later determined had failed to yield at a stop sign and turned in front of a second vehicle resulting in the collision a few miles north of Ardmore.
A state trooper’s report shows four of the five individuals involved in the accident were later checked out at an Ardmore hospital.
It was Waller who was later airlifted from Mercy Hospital and taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She was admitted in serious condition with trunk internal and leg injuries.
Waller had been riding in a 2000 Mercury driven by Kyle Settlemoir, 21, of Ardmore.
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report shows Settlemoir was attempting to make a left turn with his car from a county road onto U.S. Highway 77.
Troopers concluded the vehicle did not yield to a stop sign as it was next struck by a 2005 Ford driven by Gareth Gould, 36, of Woodbury, Tenn., which had been traveling northbound on the area highway.
The same report also determined Settlemoir was the only person wearing a seatbelt when the collision occurred.
Along with Waller, others riding in the vehicle were Jacob Rains, 19, and Carl Scott, 18, both of Ardmore.
Settlemoir was taken by personal vehicle to the Ardmore hospital, where he was treated and released.
Rains was not injured, while Scott was transported by ambulance to the same hospital. He was also treated and released.
Gould was alone in his vehicle. He was treated and released from the hospital in Ardmore after being taken there by the Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service.
OHP Trooper Walter Jack of the Carter/Love County Detachment investigated the crash site. Assisting were Springer fire and rescue responders.