A retired Shawnee surgeon who was killed in an accident on icy roads last week will be laid to rest today.
Services for Dr. Norman Hanks, 82, will be held in Shawnee. See the obituary on page 4A of today's paper.
Shawnee Police Cpl. Vivian Lozano-Stafford said it was about 7:07 p.m. Wednesday when officers responded to fatal crash on the Lake Road bridge.
She said a 2004 Mercedes sedan driven by Norman Hanks, 82, Shawnee, was traveling westbound on Lake Road and went left of center, striking a tan 2006 Chevy pickup going eastbound on the Lake Road bridge.
Lozano-Stafford said Hanks was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger was transported to OU Medical Center by REACT EMS.
The other driver and passenger were taken to SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital Shawnee by personal vehicle, she added.
That accident is under investigation, she said, but the weather conditions may have contributed.
Hanks, who was born in Prague, graduated from Shawnee High School in 1955 and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central State College in 1959.
He enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1964 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He graduated from The University of Oklahoma Medical School as a Doctor of Medicine in 1963. With numerous medical studies and accolades to his credit, he opened a general practice in Shawnee in 1968 and retired from medicine in 2003.
The celebration to honor Dr. Hanks will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 11:30 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church 711 E. Federal Shawnee.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Liberty Academy in Shawnee, Oklahoma or to St. Jude Hospital in his memory are greatly appreciated.