Metro woman dies after crashing into culvert, utility pole

OKLAHOMA CITY – A young metro woman was killed after leaving the roadway for an unknown reason and crashing into a culvert and utility pole. It happened around 11 p.m. Thursday near S.E. 149th and Peebly Road.

“We come outside, and there was constantly flashing lights, people slowing down turning around,” said James Roberts, who lives in the area. “I didn't even know what happened.”

According to officials with the Oklahoma City Police Department, officers responded to the area after the driver of a small SUV left the road for an unknown reason and struck a culvert and utility pole, which caused some power outages in the area.

“I was just watching TV and, about 10-10:30 or something like that, the TV shut off and then I got up to see what was going on,” Roberts said.

According to officers on scene, people driving by the scene stopped to try and help the victim, who’s been identified by police as 27-year-old Franchezca Van Wagner. Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are still investigating what caused Van Wagner to crash.

“We have special investigators who work in our traffic unit who specialize solely on fatality and serious injury collision accidents,” Officer Megan Morgan with OCPD said. “They have great skills and knowledge in working these types of accidents and figuring out what happened in situations like this.”

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