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.
A passenger in Beisel’s pickup, Ben Kohrs, 68, of Laverne, was taken to a Seiling hospital, where he was treated and released. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Ronald Lee Stong, 52, of Seiling, was treated at the Seiling hospital and released. Troopers said seat belts were not in use in the pickup.
James Earl Hammell, 40, of Wewoka
Hammell was driving a vehicle Jan. 31 eastbound on a county road south of Okemah in Okfuskee County. The vehicle failed to negotiate the curve and went through a fence. The vehicle became tangled up in the fence when the driver tried to get back on the roadway. The vehicle caught on fire.
Hammell died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.
From staff reports