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Four dead in two traffic accidents, troopers said

Ira Poindexter, 55, and Betty Gene Poindexter, 58, both of Sallisaw, died in a traffic accident in Sequoyah County. Cody Gray, 20, and Josh Laughlin, 20, both of Eufaula, died in an accident in McIntosh County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 18, 2013

Four people were killed Saturday evening in traffic accidents, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Ira Poindexter, 55, of Sallisaw

Betty Gene Poindexter, 58, of Sallisaw

Ira and Betty Poindexter were riding in a sport-utility vehicle about 7:20 p.m. Earnest Poindexter, 59, of Sallisaw, was driving the vehicle on Interstate 40, about two miles east of Sallisaw in Sequoyah County, when it left the roadway, troopers said.

Earnest Poindexter overcorrected and the vehicle flipped twice. Three people in the vehicle were thrown out, troopers said.

Ira and Betty Poindexter were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Earnest Poindexter was taken to a hospital where he treated and released, troopers said.

Brooklyn Poindexter, 19, of Sallisaw, and Susan Poindexter, 50, of Sallisaw, also were passengers in the vehicle. They were treated and released from a hospital, troopers said.

Ira and Betty Poindexter were not wearing seat belts, troopers said.

Cody Gray, 20, of Eufaula

Josh Laughlin, 20, of Eufaula

Gray was driving an all-terrain vehicle about 11:15 p.m. on Stidham Road near Eufaula in McIntosh County. Laughlin was his passenger, troopers said.

Ezekiel McIntosh, 23, of Eufaula, was driving a pickup north on Stidham Road, passing a vehicle in a passing zone. The pickup struck the southbound ATV, which had no lights in use, troopers said.

Gray and Laughlin were pronounced dead at the scene. McIntosh was not injured and not wearing a seat belt, troopers said. has disabled the comments for this article.


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