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Accidents in Oklahoma kill two

A Sunnyvale, Texas, man died after a McCurtain County crash Tuesday afternoon, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm •  Published: June 6, 2013

Two men died in vehicle accidents Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said.

Elisha Kyle Griggs Jr., 79, of Oklahoma City

About 2:55 p.m., Griggs was working on a damaged mailbox in front of his home, 9495 W Reno Ave., when he was struck by a westbound vehicle that braked and slid in an attempt not to hit another westbound vehicle that merged into its lane, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dee Patty said.

Griggs died at the scene, Patty said.

Patrick Maruth, 26, of Sunnyvale, Texas

Maruth was dead on arrival at an Arkansas hospital, according to a patrol report.

About 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Maruth was a passenger in a westbound vehicle that traveled left of center and crashed head-on into a van, about 7½ miles south and 10½ miles west of Smithville in McCurtain County, troopers said.

The driver of the westbound vehicle, Mathew Samuels, 22, of Garland, Texas, and two other passengers were taken to a hospital in good condition. The driver of the van and a passenger also were taken to local hospitals, and four additional passengers were not hurt in the crash, according to the patrol report.

Only Samuels and one of his passengers were wearing seat belts. has disabled the comments for this article.