EL RENO — A second teenager died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a car accident Sunday.
Karson Baker, 15, was one of three teenagers critically injured in a crash about 12:15 a.m. Sunday at Britton and Manning roads. Baker died Wednesday, El Reno School District Superintendent Craig McVay said.
Brad Baker, the young man’s father, said in a Facebook post that his son was not able to recover from a severe head injury suffered in the accident.
The father said in the post that he was saddened to say “our angel is gone from this world.” The father said, “He is now with God. Please take comfort on knowing he was never in pain.”
He said his son will be an organ donor.
“Karson’s strength allowed him to give us time at the end and it will allow others to live through his unselfishness,” Brad Baker said. “I ask that you pray for our family as we deal with this loss. First Christian Church will be handling food and visitation with our family.
“Please be patient. We know so many of you are hurting. Karson has the best friends that a person could ask for.”
Another teenager, Jesse Gorbet, 16, also died after the crash. Gorbet was driving a pickup carrying five teenagers, all of whom were injured in the crash.
Baker, Taylor Maine, 16, and Connor Ryan, 16, were taken to OU Medical Center in critical condition. On Wednesday afternoon, Maine was listed in fair condition and Ryan was listed in good condition.
Two other teenagers, Josh Castrop and Abby Schwarz, were treated at a nearby hospital and released.
McVay said Baker was a good student. Baker was the school football team’s quarterback, and was a likeable young man with a beautiful smile, he said, adding that Baker and Gorbet’s deaths are a blow to the community.
“This is a tough community, and we support each other a lot,” McVay said. “We’ll pull through this.”
Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West said Gorbet’s pickup was headed south on Manning Road when it collided with a pickup traveling west on Britton Road. Investigators concluded Gorbet failed to yield at a stop sign, West said. They couldn’t determine whether he tried to stop at the icy intersection, West said.
Baker was seated in the back seat of the truck on the driver’s side, and wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, West said.
West said the driver of the second pickup was treated at a hospital and released.
Investigators have said they think the accident happened because both vehicles were traveling too fast for weather conditions. West said investigators think Gorbet may have been going as fast as 55 mph down icy roads.
El Reno High School Principal Pat Liticker said Wednesday was a difficult day at the school. Counselors were available for students who needed them, Liticker said, and teachers allowed students to sit in the school’s auditorium and talk with friends if they were upset.
By Wednesday afternoon, students and faculty were beginning to smile again, he said.
“It’s a difficult day,” Liticker said. “It’s probably the hardest day I’ve had in education.”