UPDATE: Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are seeking information to determine if the motorist involved in a head-on collision that killed four people was impaired at the time of the crash.
OHP issued a follow-up news release Saturday evening, stating that they are working to learn if 33-year-old Ashley Louise Ricks was impaired when she crashed her Jeep into a Hyundai on Interstate 40 West, near El Reno, at approximately 1:37 a.m. Saturday. The crash resulted in the death of three adults and an adolescent.
“Investigators are looking into the possibility that Ricks was impaired. 911 calls show she was driving the wrong way on I-40 for more than 10 miles,” the news release states.
Anyone who has information on Ricks’ whereabouts on the night of Friday, Oct. 16, is asked to call the OHP Central Communications Center at (405) 425-2323.
Ricks was taken to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center after the crash. She was listed in critical condition with arm, leg and internal torso injuries.
CANADIAN COUNTY (KFOR) – Four people, including an adolescent female, died from injuries they suffered in a head-on collision on Interstate 40, near El Reno, early Saturday morning.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol have not yet identified the four victims, but described the victims as an adult female driver, an adult male passenger, an adult female passenger and a juvenile female.
All four victims were traveling in a 2003 Hyundai, heading west west on I-40.
Ashley Louise Ricks, 33, of Moore was driving a 2017 Jeep Renegade east in the westbound lanes of I-40. At approximately 1:37 a.m., she collided head-on with the Hyundai, according to an OHP news release.
The impact sent the Jeep into a ditch, where it overturned. The Hyundai went into the center median, where it caught on fire, according to the news release.
All three adults in the Hyundai died at the scene. The girl was pronounced dead at St. Anthony’s Hospital in El Reno, the news release states.
Ricks was admitted to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition with arm, leg and internal torso injuries.
The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office is working to officially identify the four victims who died in the crash.
The deadly collision remains under investigation.
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