The Oklahoma Highway Patrol refused to identify the boy, but other sources said he was the two-year-old son of the driver. Spencer Creek is located in a remote area of Oologah Lake about five miles southwest of Chelsea.
According to an OHP report, the accident occurred at 1:51 p.m. Saturday when Eric Muskrat, Jr., 23, of Claremore, was backing his 1998 Ford Expedition out of a campsite, failed to see the boy, and struck him with the rear of the vehicle.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene from head injuries despite efforts by bystanders and emergency personnel from the Chelsea Fire Department, the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and Pafford Ambulance to revive him with CPR.
An OHP spokesman declined to answer questions about why the patrol deviated from its normal practice of identifying juvenile victims of fatal accidents or provide statutory authority for doing so. He said the identity was being kept secret because the boy was a juvenile.
The spokesman, Capt. George Brown, said he did not know if Muskrat would face criminal or traffic charges in connection with the fatal crash. There was no record of Muskrat being booked into or bonded out of the Rogers County Jail as of 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
OHP said four troopers from Troop B, two lieutenants and a Lake Patrol trooper were involved in the investigation of the incident. That is an unusually large dedication of both manpower and rank to a single fatality incident.