A Missouri man was killed Sunday night in a car wreck in Muskogee County after he lost control of his car. The driver, a 19-year-old from Independence, Missouri, was pronounced dead at the scene after he drove off Highway 69 and hit a tree. According to reports, he was pinned inside the car for 50 minutes.
Two passengers were injured in the wreck. One passenger, a 20-year-old from Columbia, Missouri, was taken to Muscogee Regional Medical Center in stable condition. The other passenger, a 20-year-old from Bloomsdale, Missouri, was transported by helicopter to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. He is currently brain dead. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased and to the injured passengers. It is truly unfortunate when such young lives are lost. It is also saddening to see passengers, such as the two young gentlemen in this accident, become injured due to events they hardly had any control over. Under Oklahoma law, passengers in a car driven by a negligent motorist may make a claim against the motorist and their insurance company. If you are a passenger, you may make a claim against the driver as if you were hit by the driver in another car.