Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Local News

January 3, 2013

One turn leads to accident

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — One Wynnewood teenager’s attempt to avoid a collision resulted in a one-vehicle accident in a neighboring county to close out the 2012 year.

State authorities report 18-year-old Mercedes Ann Rimmer was the driver of a vehicle that went off a roadway late last week to avoid striking a second vehicle.

The personal injury accident occurred at a listed time of 4:55 p.m. Dec. 28, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Rimmer was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry northbound on Sunshine Road when it met another vehicle on a hill crest at a site about 5 miles east and just over a mile south of Wynnewood in Murray County.

Riding along as a passenger was Willie Blankenship, 17, of Cedar Hill, Texas.

Once on the hill crest Rimmer’s car swerved right to avoid the other vehicle, where it was overcorrected before going off the roadway to the left.

Once off the road the vehicle struck a fence and rolled one quarter time coming to rest on the passenger side.

Blankenship was airlifted from the scene and taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She was admitted in good condition with head injuries.

Ironically it was Blankenship who was the only one wearing seat belts when the accident occurred as Rimmer was treated and released from Pauls Valley General Hospital.

The official cause of the accident as listed by troopers is “avoiding other vehicle.”

Leading the investigation was OHP Trooper Tommy Riddle with assistance from Trooper Tracey Laxton. Both are from the detachment covering Garvin and Murray counties.

Others helping at the wreck site were Garvin County deputies, Wynnewood and Lighthorse police and Pauls Valley E.M.S.

Text Only
Local News
  • Dancing VBS Good times for VBS volunteers

    Summer can provide a plethora of enriching opportunities for kids with plenty of time to spend. One of the most popular avenues has always been the good old-fashioned vacation Bible school.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Pup up for adoption 7-25-14 Pauls Valley Pup up for Adoption


    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • One hurt in head-on wreck

    Authorities are not sure what caused a vehicle to veer to the left resulting in a head-on collision near Hennepin early Wednesday.

    July 25, 2014

  • Winners plentiful at peach festival

    With no shortage of visitors making the Stratford Peach Festival a summer destination, it was a win-win situation for all parties this past weekend.

    July 24, 2014

  • Indian Meridian and Grant Wreck Indian Meridian and Grant Wreck


    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Search on for new 911 boss

    The search for a replacement is now on after it was announced the coordinator of Garvin County’s 911 center is stepping down.

    July 24, 2014

  • Stratford Peach Festival 2014 PeachFest draws big crowd

    Unseasonably comfortable weather, a day full of family fun and one of the best fruit crops in recent years. Mix that together and you have one of the best-attended Stratford Peach Festival’s on record.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • ‘Evening in the Valley’ set

    It might still be summer but some in Pauls Valley already have an eye on a new school year right around the corner.

    July 23, 2014

  • PV City meetings set for 6 tonight

    The Pauls Valley City Council, PV Hospital Authority and Municipal Authority have set their meetings at city hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • DHS Caregiver Awards Love of client pales next to awards

    On any given day one can find a good story about caregivers going the extra mile to meet the needs of acutely disabled individuals.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Business Marquee

  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.





    e-mail request to

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp