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Oklahoma roadway deaths up during long holiday weekend

Preliminary numbers show 11 people died on Oklahoma roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm •  Published: November 26, 2012

Nearly twice as many people died on Oklahoma roadways during the Thanksgiving Day holiday travel period this year than in 2011, the Oklahoma Highway Safety office reported Monday.

Alice Collingsworth, the office communications manager, said preliminary numbers show 11 people died in crashes from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday.

Last year there were six fatalities during the same time period, she reported.

This year's deaths include a quadruple fatality Sunday afternoon in Ottawa County.

Maryssa Sanderson, 7, of Garland, Texas, was seriously injured in that wreck. She was listed in critical condition at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Mo., a spokeswoman said Monday.

Two of those who died in holiday accidents were identified by officials Monday.

Oklahoma City police said Christopher Bedwell, 25, of Oklahoma City, drove off the road about 2:45 a.m. Sunday and crashed into a building at 3810 N Tulsa Ave. Officers found him dead in his vehicle.

Norman police said Hok Yin Chan, 22, died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on State Highway 9. Capt. Tom Easley said the car Chan was driving is registered to a Holdenville resident with the same last name, but police do not know if Chan lived in Holdenville.

Douglas Weber, 43, of Frisco, Texas, was the other driver. Weber was taken to Norman Regional Hospital and then transferred by medical helicopter to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Weber's condition was not released. has disabled the comments for this article.


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