Ames teen dies in collision with semi
December 19, 2021
A juvenile male, 17, of Ames, died of injuries received when his vehicle collided with a semi in Major County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) does not release names of juveniles involved in collisions.
The collision occurred Thursday, Dec. 16, at 12:03 p.m. at the intersection of SH-8 and County Road EW-530. The location is nine miles east and two miles south of Fairview.
The juvenile male was driving a 1999 Jeep SUV eastbound on the county road. Darrell Eugene Murray, 79, of Dover, was driving a 2022 Peterbilt semi northbound on SH-8. The juvenile driver failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the semi’s trailer on the left rear in front of the rear axles. After impact, the semi continued northbound for approximately one-quarter mile where he came to a stop. The Jeep departed the roadway into the east ditch where it came to rest.
The juvenile driver was pronounced dead at the scene of head and trunk internal injuries by Medical Examiner Emma Prophet and transported by Fairview Funeral Home.
According to the OHP report, the juvenile driver was not wearing a seatbelt but the semi driver was. The cause of the collision is listed as failure to stop at the stop sign.
Trooper Mark Williams investigated, assisted by Lt. Ken Jordan, Trooper Justin Barney, Trooper Brock Morgan, Trooper Donald Kraft, Trooper Tanner Beckner, Trooper Kevin Edsall and Trooper Trent Cagle. Also assisting at the scene were the Major County Sheriff’s Office, Major County EMS and Fairview Fire Department.