Two people died in separate crashes Wednesday and Thursday on Oklahoma roads, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified a man who died in a Jan. 31 accident, authorities said.
Helen Laurenzana, 42, Lawton
Laurenzana was the driver of an SUV stopped at a traffic light that was struck from behind by a car, police said.
About 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Lawton police responded to the crash at Fort Sill Boulevard and NW Smith Avenue. Laurenzana died at the scene.
Police said Laurenzana and a 17-year-old passenger were stopped at a traffic light when a car driven by Rashad Brady, 27, of Lawton, struck the SUV from behind. The 17-year-old was taken to Comanche County Memorial Hospital, treated and released. Brady was flown by helicopter to OU Medical Center and treated for injuries that include a broken femur, police said.
Victor Aaron Beisel, 69, Fargo
About 7:50 a.m. Thursday, Beisel died when a tractor-trailer crashed into the driver’s side of his pickup, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Beisel was on the southbound shoulder of U.S. 183, three miles north of Taloga, and attempted to make a U-turn. Troopers said Beisel failed to yield to a tractor-trailer traveling southbound, resulting in the wreck.