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Intersection of Belle Isle Boulevard and Northwest Expressway is the worst in Oklahoma City for accidents

An intersection in northwest Oklahoma City was fatal for a motorcycle rider on Sept. 2. A similar accident happened at the same intersection a week later and one woman witnessed both by chance.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: September 29, 2012 at 1:07 am •  Published: September 29, 2012

Oklahoma City police officer Jennifer Steele already knew about the dangers of the intersection at Belle Isle Boulevard and Northwest Expressway.

Steele worked five years as an emergency medical technician for the Emergency Medical Services Authority before becoming a police officer this year. She had responded to countless traffic accidents at the intersection in northwest Oklahoma City, where the westbound Interstate 44 off-ramp connects to westbound Northwest Expressway.

Steele, 28, was on patrol in south Oklahoma City the evening of Sept. 2 when she got a call from the chaplain at OU Medical Center where her husband of six months was in critical condition after an accident at that intersection, which has more accidents than any other spot in the city.

He died the next day.

Fatal accident

Adam Steele, 35, a land surveyor and marathon runner, was riding his new motorcycle to meet some friends that evening.

He took the Interstate 44 westbound off-ramp to Northwest Expressway. As the curve brought him to the intersection at Belle Isle Boulevard, he collided with Colleen Argue, 48, of Vian, who was driving a Jeep west on Northwest Expressway.

The two lanes they were in are separated by a 3-foot-tall concrete barrier leading to the intersection. Argue's lane is intended for drivers to go straight on Northwest Expressway only, and a traffic sign indicates this with an arrow pointing straight ahead. However, Argue turned the Jeep right into the path of Steele. His motorcycle hit her Jeep. He wasn't wearing a helmet and suffered fatal injuries.

Argue told a police officer her GPS voice command told her to turn right, and she did so, crossing into the path of Steele's motorcycle.

Motorist Meagan Rodgers, 37, of Oklahoma City, a college English professor, witnessed the fatal accident and gave a statement to police about what she saw.

Argue has not been cited for any wrongdoing, but the fatality accident still is under investigation, police said. Argue said she did not want to comment.

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