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August 20, 2012

A Vici man has died from accident injuries

Woodward, Okla. — A Vici man has died from injuries he received in a recent 2-vehicle accident south of Woodward.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported on Monday that Gary Edward Gamble III, 19, of Vici, died Saturday night, Aug. 18, at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Gamble died from head injuries that he sustained in an Aug. 15 accident, the OHP said.

Two people were injured in the 2-vehicle accident on Aug. 15. Brenna Vassar, 24, of Woodward, was treated and released at Woodward Regional Hospital.  After being taken to the Woodward hospital by ambulance, Gamble was mediflighted to the OU Medical Center where he was admitted in critical condition, the OHP said.

According to the patrol report, Vassar was traveling south on County Road N/S 203 and Gamble was eastbound on County Road E/W 45. Gamble was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of those 2 roads, failed to yield from the stop sign and his 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix was hit in the driver's side door by Vassar's 2006 Ford F-150 pickup.  The OHP report said Gamble was apparently distracted by his cell phone when he failed to yield.

He was pinned for several minutes before being freed by Woodward Fire Department, using Jaws of Life to pry away the crumpled driver's side door.

OHP said Gamble was also not wearing a seatbelt. Vassar was wearing a seat belt, the OHP said.

The accident was 3 miles south of Woodward and happened just before 7 p.m. on Wednesday.  It was investigated by Trooper Steve Sparks of the Laverne detachment.  Woodward County Sheriff's office and Woodward fire and EMS also responded to the scene.

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