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Carl Albert graduate's death tied to Honda recall

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: February 11, 2010 at 10:48 am •  Published: February 11, 2010
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The May 27 death of a recent Carl Albert High School graduate in the school’s parking lot is the fatality linked to a Honda Motor Co. recall of more than 822,000 vehicles, officials confirmed.

Ashley N. Parham, 18, of Oklahoma City, was killed by a malfunctioning airbag unit in her 2001 Honda Accord sedan, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said. Parham, who graduated four days before the wreck, had picked up her brother from spring football practice and crashed when she didn’t yield to another car in the lot behind the Carl Albert field house, Clabes said.

"The airbag deployed, shards of metal exploded from the airbag mechanism, and that’s what penetrated her neck and caused her fatal injury,” Clabes said.

No one else was seriously injured in the wreck.

The state medical examiner ruled Parham’s death an accident caused by sharp force injury to the left side of her neck.

The examiner’s report said she also had a "penetrating injury” to the right side of her chest, from which an unspecified "projectile” was recovered at the hospital.

Parham’s death is the only fatality linked to a recall that was expanded Tuesday to almost 378,800 more vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, Honda spokesman Chris Martin said. Citing respect for the family’s grief, Martin said Honda had no further comment about the incident.

Parham’s family filed a lawsuit Aug.

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