Lawton cab driver who drowned in floodwater identified

A cab driver who drowned in Lawton has been identified today by police. His death is the first reported from record flooding Monday
By Robert Medley Modified: June 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm •  Published: June 15, 2010
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LAWTON — A man who died as a result of Monday's flooding was identified by authorities Tuesday.

Miguel Lopez, 50, of Lawton, had been a taxi driver for AAA Cab Co. for about a month when he drowned in floodwater late Monday, Lawton Police Chief Rick Smith said. Lopez's death is the first reported in connection with Monday's storms.

Lopez drove into rushing water that partially submerged his taxi about 10 p.m. on NW Euclid Avenue at NW 12 Street, Smith said.

The car stalled and Lopez got out to try to push it, but the current swept him off his feet, Smith said.

Two passers-by tried to reach Lopez before he was swept into a drainage culvert that goes beneath the road, Smith said.

"It was only two feet of water," Smith said. "But it was running pretty hard through there."

Police said they found Lopez's body near Deerborn Avenue and Euclid.

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