Separate auto crash, drowning leave two dead in Oklahoma

A Ripley woman died Wednesday after a wreck caused by glare from the morning sun. In a separate accident, a man drowned Wednesday at Lake Thunderbird, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: October 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm •  Published: October 9, 2013
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A Ripley woman died Wednesday in a Payne County wreck, and a man drowned Wednesday at Lake Thunderbird, officials said.

Jessica Hornberger, 29,

of Ripley

Hornberger died Wednesday after a wreck in Payne County caused by low visibility because of glare from the morning sun, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said.

Hornberger died after being airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa following a wreck at the intersection of State Highway 33 and SH 108, two miles south of Ripley.

About 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Hornberger was headed south on SH 108 when she attempted to turn left onto SH 33, troopers said. Because of the glare from the sun, she did not see a car driven by Melissa Valley, 27, which was headed west on SH 33, troopers said. Hornberger pulled in front of Valley's car, which hit the driver's side door of Hornberger's car.

Valley, of Cushing, was treated for minor injuries and released.

Both Valley and Hornberger were wearing seat belts.

Unidentified man

A man drowned Wednesday at Lake Thunderbird, trooper Betsy Randolph said.

The highway patrol's marine enforcement division was called to the Little Axe boat ramp after a woman reported her husband had fallen off a boat about 5:40 p.m., Randolph said. His body was located and was in the process of being recovered Wednesday evening, Randolph said.


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