A Shawnee woman was killed in a fiery crash early Sunday morning involving two pickup trucks and troopers indicated the driver of the other vehicle involved had an odor of alcohol.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Troy Thompson identified the woman who died as 26-year-old Charlene Alberta Pereyra.


A Shawnee woman was killed in a fiery crash early Sunday morning involving two pickup trucks and troopers indicated the driver of the other vehicle involved had an odor of alcohol.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Troy Thompson identified the woman who died as 26-year-old Charlene Alberta Pereyra. She was taken to OU Medical Center by REACT Ambulance and was pronounced dead at the hospital according to the report. She was pinned for 45 minutes before being extricated by the Shawnee Fire and Rescue using the Hurst tool.
A passenger in her vehicle, Daniel Wayne Geyer, 22, of Seminole, refused treatment at the scene, according to the report.
The driver of the other vehicle involved was identified as Joe Dale Whitecotton, 56, of Earlsboro. He was transported to Unity North Hospital by REACT and admitted in fair condition with an arm injury. He was alone in his vehicle, Thompson reported.
Thompson said because of the severity of Whitecotton’s arm injury he was to be transferred to another facility in Oklahoma City but he did not know which one.
The report states the crash occurred about 1:42 a.m. on SH 99A just east of SH 3 in Pottawatomie County. Troopers said the investigation indicates Whitecotton was driving a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck westbound on SH 99A when it traveled left of center before striking a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Pereyra.
Thompson said Whitecotton’s truck was destroyed by fire after the crash occurred, even starting a small grass fire on the side of the road. The trooper stated the pickup truck driven by Pereyra did not catch fire.
He said Whitecotton was administered a blood test to check for possible alcohol content and it was sent to the OSBI with results being awaited.
Thompson, from the Pottawatomie/Lincoln County detachment, said he brought in Trooper George Moser from the McClain/Cleveland County detachment to assist in the investigation. Thompson reported once their investigation is completed they will turn it over to the district attorney’s office for review. No charges have been filed.
Also assisting at the scene of the wreck were the Pottawatomie County and Seminole County Sheriff’s offices, Shawnee and Earlsboro Fire Departments and Absentee Shawnee and Citizen Potawatomi Nation Police units.