The Woodward News

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November 20, 2011

One killed in Beaver County wreck

Woodward, Okla. — A Laverne man died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle wreck in Beaver County Sunday morning.

Jesus Garcia, 18, was pronounced dead at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City just before 10 a.m. on Sunday, said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Garcia suffered head, trunk and internal injuries in the accident, which happened around 4:10 a.m. on a county road six-tenths of a mile south of Gate, the OHP said.

A passenger in the vehicle, Patricia McElveen, 18, of Laverne, was taken to Harper County Community Hospital in Buffalo and treated and released, the OHP said.

According to the patrol report, Garcia was going north in his pickup when, according to the passenger, an animal ran in front of the vehicle. The driver swerved left to miss the animal and the vehicle went into a broadslide, entered the west ditch and rolled one time, coming to rest on its wheels.

Seatbelts were not in use, the OHP said.

Garcia was pinned in the vehicle for 90 minutes, the OHP said. He was taken to the hospital in Buffalo then mediflighted to the OU Medical Center.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Michael Eckhardt of the Beaver detachment with assistnace from Trooper Chase Miller of the Laverne detachment, Laverne EMS, Laverne Fire and Rescue and the Slapout Fire Department.


In another accident, a Vici man was injured when his pickup hit a stop sign and rolled multiple times south of Woodward on Sunday morning, the OHP reported.

Ramiro Rivas, 22, was taken to Woodward Regional Hopsital then flown by air-evac to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo with head and trunk internal injuries, the OHP said. He is listed in stable condition.

The patrol report said Rivas was going south on State Highway 34 when his vehicle went off the road to the right, struck a stop sign, continued into a field and rolled several times, coming to rest on its wheels.

A seatbelt was not in use and Rivas was ejected from the vehicle, the OHP said.

The accident happened around 9 a.m. 1 mile east and 3 miles south of Woodward.

Trooper James Crowder of the Shattuck detachment investigated the the accident. Woodward EMS and Fire responded to the accident as well.

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