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Three die in crashes on Oklahoma roads

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm •  Published: April 21, 2013

Three people died on Oklahoma roads during the weekend, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Douglas Leon Hanna, 44, Hobart

Hanna, a Washita County sheriff's deputy, was driving his pickup about 12:10 a.m. Sunday eastbound on State Highway 54A, one mile west of Corn in Washita County. Hanna was en route to a call dispatched from Washita County sheriff's office to Corn, troopers said.

Hanna's vehicle was hit by another pickup driven by Bryce Joseph Nickel, 17, of Weatherford, after Nickel failed to stop at a stop sign, troopers said.

Hanna was pronounced dead at the scene, and Nickel was taken to a hospital with an ankle injury, troopers said.

Hanna was wearing a seat belt, but it was not known if Nickel was wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

Jessica Louise Balman, 40, Ponca City

Karen Annette Quinn, 58, Jacksonville, Ark.

Balman was driving south about 10:50 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 77 in Noble County. Balman's vehicle crossed the centerline and struck Quinn's pickup head-on, troopers said.

Both vehicles went off the road, and Quinn's pickup caught on fire.

Quinn's passenger, Rosetta Nelson, 83, of Jacksonville, Ark., was taken by helicopter to OU Medical Center for treatment.

Balman and Nelson were wearing seat belts, but it was not known if Quinn was wearing one, troopers said. has disabled the comments for this article.


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