A Byars man died Friday morning in a crash on SH 39, just east of Bethel Road in the Asher area.

William Von Frankovich 51, Byars, was pronounced dead at the scene by the state medical examiner, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

The crash occurred about 7:18 a.m. as Frankovich was driving a 2007 Dodge CXT.

Troopers said a 2001 Chevy Silverado driven by Marshall Dylan McBride, 20, of Wanette, was traveling eastbound on State Highway 39 and was attempting to pass another vehicle in oncoming traffic.

At the time, the Dodge driven by Frankovich was westbound. The OHP said Frankovich took evasive action to avoid the pickup at the same time McBride also took evasive action. The pickup departed the roadway to the right and the Dodge departed roadway to the left, resulting in the vehicles striking each other head on, the patrol reported.

McBride was pinned in the wreckage about three hours before being freed by the Wanette and Asher Fire Departments. McBride was transported by REACT EMS to Norman Regional Hospital with head, trunk internal, trunk external, and leg injuries, where he was treated and then released.

Neither driver had passengers. Cause of the collision by the OHP was listed as improper passing. Seat belts were in use by both drivers, the OHP said.

The crash was investigated by Trooper William Arnett, #216 of the Pottawatomie and Lincoln County detachment of Troop A. He was assisted by Lt. Lane #170 and Lt. Schneider #179 of Troop A. They also were assisted by Wanette Fire Department, Asher Fire Department, and the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office.