Driver seriously injured in Jan. 4 rollover crash

Mike Erwin |

A 19-year-old driver Pawhuska driver sustained life-threatening injuries in a one-car crash Jan. 4, on a county road approximately 1 1/2 miles south of town.

Dennis Allen Radford was driving a 1992 Honda eastbound on County Road 5101 one-tenth of a mile west of Emerald Road when the roll-over mishap occurred at around 7:38 p.m., the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

After leaving the roadway on a right curve, the vehicle went airborne and rolled one time, the OHP said.

According to the accident report, Radford — who had not been wearing a seatbelt — was ejected from the passenger-side window before the vehicle came to rest on its wheels.

The injured driver was airlifted by Life Flight to a Tulsa hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition with head, leg and trunk internal injuries, the report stated.

Reports said two 16-year-olds (who were not identified) had been passengers in the car at the time of the crash. One of the passengers received no apparent injuries while the other was treated and released at Pawhuska Hospital with an internal trunk injury, according to the report.

The OHP noted the injured passenger had not been wearing a seatbelt. It said a lap belt was being used by the second passenger.

A report submitted by Trooper Romulus Gregory said the vehicle had been going too fast to negotiate the curve. The cause of the accident and the condition of the driver remained under investigation, the report said.

Assistance at the crash scene was provided by personnel from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, the Osage Nation Tribal Police, Pawhuska EMS and the Pawhuska Fire Department, OHP said.