Fatality accident involves underage driver


by Michael Bush - fbush@civitasmedia.com



An Eldorado man was pronounced dead at the scene after a Tuesday afternoon accident west of Altus.

According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the accident happened at about 4:12 p.m. Oct. 6 on US Hwy 62 at County Road 1960 about seven miles west of Altus.

James Richeson, 85, of Eldorado, was west bound on US Hwy 62 driving a 2010 Lincoln when a north bound vehicle began to cross the highway and was impacted by the Richeson vehicle.

A 13-year-old male driver (name withheld) of Duke was driving the 2000 Dodge that pulled out in front of the Richeson vehicle. An 11-year-old male passenger (name withheld), also of Duke, was in the Dodge.

Richeson was pinned for about an hour before being extricated by the Altus Fire Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Medical Examiner Emma Prophet.

The 13-year-old driver and the 11-year-old passenger were both taken by Jackson County EMS to Jackson County Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released.

The accident is still under investigation. Seat belts were equipped and in use, and airbags were equipped and deployed.

The accident is being investigated by Trooper James Wallace #734 of Jackson County Detachment of Troop M. Wallace was assisted by Captain Johnny Freeman #40 of Troop M, Trooper Ryan Hayes #282 of the Jackson County Detachment of Troop M, Trooper Craig Dill #564 of Troop S, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County EMS, Altus Fire Department, Duke Fire Department and the Duke EMS.

by Michael Bush

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