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The Shawnee News-Star
  • OHP identifies man killed in fatal pursuit crash

  • The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in a fatal pursuit crash over the weekend in Seminole County.
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    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in a fatal pursuit crash over the weekend in Seminole County.
     
    An updated teletype shows that accident occurred about 1:41 a.m. Sunday on County Road EW 119, just west of NS 360 in Seminole County.
     
    The updated teletype identifies the passenger who died as Brandon O’Kelly, 28, of Holdenville.
     
    The accident occurred as a 2008 Toyota driven by Cory Burns, 24, Bowlegs, was reportedly being pursued by a Dodge Charger police unit.
     
    According to the patrol, after several miles of the pursuit, the driver of the Toyota came to the top of a hill crest at a high rate of speed and lost control. The vehicle entered into a broad slide before rolling several times.
     
    Troopers said one of the Toyota’s three occupants, now identified as O’Kelly, was ejected into the roadway, with the police unit striking that occupant. O’Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene.
     
    The teletype shows it was unknown if Burns had any injuries, while the other passenger, John Northcott, 22, Earlsboro, was listed as having no injuries.
     
    The initial report released by OHP showed two occupants from the Toyota fled on foot from the scene of that fatal crash.
     
    The update shows the driver’s condition is still under investigation. Cause of the collision was listed as unsafe speed.
     
     

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