An unsafe speed is what state authorities believe caused a vehicle to crash near Pauls Valley tragically resulting in the death of a Davis man.
That crash came late last week, while a second fatality wreck Monday morning near Wynnewood is still being investigated.
Killed in the one-vehicle accident this past weekend was 33-year-old Joshua D. Strifler.
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report shows the accident claiming Strifler’s life came late Friday night, Sept. 5.
According to the report, Strifler was alone while driving a 1997 GMC Yukon sports utility vehicle.
The SUV was traveling southbound on County Road 3320, which is around seven miles east of Pauls Valley.
At a listed time of 11:25 p.m. Sept. 5 the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign at the “T” intersection with Longmire Lake Road.
Troopers reported the SUV went off the roadway to the south striking a tree.
Strifler was ejected approximately 15 feet from the vehicle’s point of impact.
The Davis man was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries and later transported by DeArman Pickard Funeral Home to its facility in Stratford.
Strifler was not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, according to troopers.
Investigators concluded the cause of the accident was “unsafe speed for the type of roadway.”
They added in the report it remains unknown what condition Strifler was in just moments before the accident.
Investigating the wreck site was OHP Trooper Chase Miller of the Garvin County Detachment.
Assisting were troopers Heath Green of Garvin County and Brian Bagwell of Pontotoc County, Garvin County deputies and Pauls Valley and Walker firefighters.
Troopers have indicated they are still investigating what caused an accident early Monday that resulted in the death of Todd Allen Henry, 40, of Oklahoma City.
Henry was alone while driving eastbound on state Highway 29.
At nearly 9:30 a.m. the vehicle went off the roadway to the left at a site about three miles east of Wynnewood.
An OHP report, which did not include the type of vehicle, indicated it traveled down a ditch before overturning one half time.
Henry, trapped in the vehicle for about a half hour, was extricated by Wynnewood and Pauls Valley firefighters using the Hurst tool.
He was pronounced dead by medical officials at the scene and taken to the DeArman facility in Wynnewood.
Leading the investigation into the cause of the accident is OHP Trooper Tommy Riddle of Garvin County.