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May 2, 2014

Tragic news comes from wreck — Plenty of phone calls with the tragic news came Wednesday as a Pauls Valley man was killed in a one-vehicle accident earlier in the day.

Thirty-year-old Ryan Peacock, former director of the Toy and Action Figure Museum in PV, died in the early morning accident in Pottawatomie County.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report shows Peacock was alone when the vehicle he was driving went off a roadway near Wanette, located northeast of Pauls Valley in the neighboring county.

Among those receiving a call with the bad news was the museum’s current director Jodi Wood.

“I’m still in a state of shock over it,” Wood said.

“I know it hit us both really hard,” she said, also referring to museum curator Kevin Stark.

“We’re just heartbroken. No matter what happened here at the museum we were all intertwined together.

“Me and Ryan were friends. The two of us have always been involved with this museum.”

Peacock stepped in as the museum’s director back in January 2012. He left last year going to work at the state Department of Corrections prison in Lexington.

His time at the museum in downtown Pauls Valley came after he was deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the Marine Corps Reserves.

For a portion of that time Peacock also worked with both Stark and Wood at Stark’s local steak house when it was open for business.

The OHP report released Wednesday shows Peacock was wearing seat belts while driving a 2010 Mercury Grand Marquis westbound on state Highway 39.

The vehicle apparently went off the roadway to the left at a listed time of 6:01 a.m. at a site nearly a half mile east of Patterson Road near Wanette.

Peacock is believed to have overcorrected the vehicle sending it off the road to the right.

From there the car struck a tree, where Peacock was pinned for approximately two hours.

Wanette firefighters used the Hurst tool to free Peacock before he was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries.

The listed cause of the accident was “unsafe speed.”

Investigating the crash was OHP Trooper Jason Richardson of the Pottawatomie County Detachment. Trooper Matt Snyder also assisted at the scene.

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