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Highway 54 Accident Claims Another Life

KSCB News - January 16, 2015 11:33 am

GUYMON, Okla. – A two-vehicle fatality collision Thursday afternoon near Hooker, Okla., has taken the life of one individual and left four hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported the wreck occurred at 3:30 p.m. Thursday three and nine-tenths miles southwest of Hooker on U.S. Highway 54.

The collision involved a 1997 Freightliner driven by Gabriel Aguirre, 44, of Guymon, who was uninjured. The second vehicle involved was a white 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Priscilla Ann Preston, 29, of Optima.

Earlier today, the OHP reported Preston died of her injuries at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Preston’s passengers, all of Optima, remain hospitalized.

Several passengers in Preston’s vehicle were also injured.

A 12-year-old male is in serious condition at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita with leg and trunk internal injuries; a 13-year-old female is in stable condition at Memorial Hospital of Texas County with a head injury; and a 14-year-old female is in fair condition at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita with a head injury and a 6-year-old female was in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita with leg and neck injuries.

“(The Freightliner) was westbound on U.S. Hwy. 54, (the Tahoe) was also westbound on U.S. Hwy. 54,” the OHP report noted. “Preston struck Aguirre from the rear.”

Aguirre’s seatbelt was in use, however seatbelts were not in use by Preston or her minor passengers.

The OHP reported Aguirre’s condition at the time of the collision was “apparently normal.”

Preston, however, was reported to have been “driving under the influence.”

The report added no subjects were pinned or ejected in the collision.

Thursday’s fatality accident was investigated OHP Trooper Grant Arnold of the Guymon Detatchment and OHP Trooper Trey Sheets of the Texhoma Detatchment.


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