By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor
A motorcyclist was killed and the driver of an SUV was seriously injured about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when a 2013 Harley Davidson slammed into a Chevy Trailblazer at US 169 and 4070 Rd.
The cyclist has been identified as Michael P. Smith, age 49, of Bartlesville.
The driver of the SUV was identified as Russell Reed, 28, of Oologah.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Russell Cissne said the SUV was traveling north on US 169 and “failed to yield while making a left turn” into the path of the motorcycle.
The Harley struck the passenger side door of the Trailblazer, which overturned 1-1/4 times and landed on its side on 4070Road.
The impact left a deep V-shaped cave-in on a large section of the SUV’s passenger side. Northwest firefighters had to cut off the roof to free Reed, who was trapped about 15 minutes.
Smith was pronounced dead as soon as emergency personnel reached the scene, and his body was immediately covered. It had to be left on the highway until troopers could arrive to begin their investigation, officials said.
Reed was treated by OTEMS medics andNorthwestRogersCountyfirefighters until he was transported by an AirEvac helicopter ambulance to St. JohnMedicalCenterinTulsa.
He was admitted in stable condition with head and trunk internal injuries, the patrol said. No condition update has been available since Saturday.
Repeated written requests made to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol under the Oklahoma Open Records Act for the full identification of the driver, including his middle name, date of birth and verification of his home town, were ignored.
The issue is important due to reader inquiries about his traffic record. Also, the Trailblazer apparently was purchased from a used car dealership July 3 and its dealer tag, issued by aCollinsvillefirm, appeared to be expired according to media pictures taken at the scene.
The tag showed a purchase date of July 3 and according to state regulations, such tags are good only for 30 days.
Inquiries about the driver’s traffic record or license plate status could not be pursued without more detailed information from OHP because the name Russell Reed is relatively common inOklahoma.
The patrol said Smith was not wearing a helmet. Reed’s airbag deployed, but it was unknown if he had his seatbelt fastened. The condition of both drivers and the cause of the accident all were listed as “under investigation.
Trooper Cissne was assisted by Trooper Brad Debell and Lt. Ward Oliphant. All are with Troop B. Cissne and Debell are with theRogersCountydetachment and Lt. Oliphant is from theTulsaCountydetachment. Oologah and Talala police provided law enforcement and traffic control until troopers could arrive.
Traffic on the highway was slowed for about 90 minutes, but it was never closed. AirEvac landed and took off at the large parking lot of an adjacent church.