Sac & Fox police officer killed in head-on crash

LINCOLN COUNTY, Okla. - A local police department is mourning the sudden death of one of their own.

Around 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning, officials with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office say 45-year-old Nathan Graves was killed in a head-on collision along Hwy 99 near the Lincoln and Payne county line.

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According to a report by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Graves was driving a Chevy Tahoe southbound on Hwy 99 when a pickup truck, driven by 21-year-old Justin Henley, swerved into his lane..

Investigators say Henley, who was heading northbound, was attempting to pass a car in a no passing zone.

Troopers say both of the drivers took evasive action and ended up colliding head-on in a ditch.

Graves was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash from numerous injuries. Henley was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

At this point, authorities say they are still investigating whether seat belts were in use in the vehicles.

 

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Graves was an officer with the Sac and Fox Nation and also worked with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

He leaves behind a wife and children.