A single-car rollover accident on the city’s west side left one man seriously injured early Wednesday evening and necessitated transport of the victim by medical helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Corey Eugene Calip, 33, Shawnee, was traveling southbound on U.S. 177 near the Kickapoo Spur exit at about 4:45 p.m. when the Pontiac G6 rental car he was driving crossed the center median, veered left hitting a utility pole and ejected Calip before rolling over and resting on its side near a tree.


A single-car rollover accident on the city’s west side left one man seriously injured early Wednesday evening and necessitated transport of the victim by medical helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Corey Eugene Calip, 33, Shawnee, was traveling southbound on U.S. 177 near the Kickapoo Spur exit at about 4:45 p.m. when the Pontiac G6 rental car he was driving crossed the center median, veered left hitting a utility pole and ejected Calip before rolling over and resting on its side near a tree.
Emergency personnel in the area saw the damaged vehicle and called local authorities to the scene while assisting the victim, Charles Swantek, Shawnee police officer, said.
Swantek said the accident was likely caused by the driver operating the vehicle at a high rate of speed and losing control, which caused the vehicle to veer left.
A man, who identified himself as the victim’s cousin but would not release his own name, said he was following Calip in a separate vehicle and witnessed him attempt to change lanes before hitting the center median. The witness said Calip was lying near the vehicle in the high grass when he reached him and that the he was experiencing difficulty breathing but did say, “I need help.”
Christina Moore, Shawnee, who identified herself as Calip’s girlfriend, said the victim had been ill for a couple weeks prior to the accident and that the couple had argued briefly Wednesday morning but that she was unsure if either of these factors contributed to the accident.
Moore also said she was uncertain if Calip was using his cellular telephone while driving but that she did speak with him during or directly prior to the accident and could hear a radio playing in the background before the call was disconnected.
Lt. Rob Rusk, Shawnee firefighter, said Calip suffered extensive level one injuries, including chest trauma and possible head injuries.
Swantek said the victim was not wearing a seatbelt, which likely led to his ejection from the vehicle. He added the vehicle’s passenger side door was the likely point of ejection for the victim as it was found open at the scene.
Calip was driving under suspension of his drivers license, Swantek said. The license was revoked for failure to carry insurance verification, he said.