FLETCHER - A tragic accident involving three vehicles and a pedestrian resulted in the death of an Oklahoma City man on Wednesday, July 8.
Bernardo Martinez, 41, died at the scene due to massive injuries, reported the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Documents show that a 2014 Toyota Prius driven by Karen M. Cole, 40, of Santa Fe, N.M., was traveling westbound on Interstate 44. Two other vehicles, a 1999 Ford F350 and a 2009 Peterbuilt, were both unoccupied and legally parked off the roadway.
The Ford F350 was disabled on the westbound shoulder and Martinez was standing next to the truck, as the Peterbuilt (a wrecker) was attempting to load it.
For an unknown reason, Ms. Cole's vehicle departed the roadway to the right, striking Martinez and the Ford F350 truck.
The OHP report said Martinez was thrown an unknown distance before coming to rest in the westbound ditch. The Toyota Prius continued and partially drove onto the wrecker's rollback bed, struck the headache rack of the rollback wrecker and then reentered the roadway.
Once back on the turnpike, Ms. Cole's vehicle crossed the lane line and departed the highway to the left striking the concrete barrier. Before coming to a rest, her vehicle crossed the lane line again and departed the roadway to the right, the OHP report documented.
The condition of the driver and the cause of the accident is under investigation. Several OHP troopers were on the scene and were assisted by the Fletcher Fire Department and the Apache EMS.