Four people died Monday and Tuesday in vehicle accidents on state roads, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
David Michael Bethune, 70, of Oologah
About 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, Bethune was trying to remove a disabled vehicle in a ditch on his Rogers County property, about a mile and a half east of Oologah, when he walked behind his Jeep and was struck by the vehicle when it rolled backward over him and off a 120-foot cliff, according to a patrol report.
Bethune died at the scene, troopers said.
Donald Richard Moore, 39, of Pauls Valley
About 11 p.m. Monday, Moore was riding a motorcycle north on Interstate 35, about two miles north of Pauls Valley in Garvin County, when the bike went off the road, struck a culvert and slid into a ditch as Moore was exiting onto the Kimberlin Road off-ramp, according to the patrol report.
Moore died at the scene, troopers said. He was not wearing a helmet.
Kenneth A. Berard Jr. 22, of Joplin, Mo.
Berard, a passenger in an Ottawa County car crash, was dead on arrival at a Joplin hospital of massive head injuries, the patrol reported.
The crash happened about 7:55 p.m. Monday, two miles north and nine miles east of Quapaw on a county road, the patrol reported.
The car with five passengers was going south when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and the car left the roadway, went into a ditch and overturned.
Passengers Ryan M. Berard, 19, of Carthage, Mo.; Samuel M. Mitchell, 22, of Joplin, Mo.; John H. Harmon, 21, of Joplin, Mo.; and Cameron H. Clark, 21, of Joplin, Mo., were not injured.
The name of the driver was not released pending an investigation, the patrol reported. The patrol did not provide any information about seat belt use by those in the car.
Robert Lee White, 67, of Guthrie
White died at the scene of a crash about 4:15 p.m. Monday on State Highway 77 at the Cimarron River bridge north of Guthrie, according to the patrol report.
A pickup driven north on SH 77 by Jeffrey Dale Harber, 37, of Crescent, was hit by a car driven south by White, the patrol reported. White apparently swerved left of center, the patrol reported. He was dead at the scene due to massive internal injuries. Harber refused treatment at the scene.
White and Harber wore seat belts.