“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.”