Accident claims second life

Ponca City Now - May 17, 2016 8:44 am

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a second death in connection with an accident which occurred Thursday near 44 th Street and Ferguson, 1 mile west of Blackwell.

The Patrol reported that Rickie Thele, 45, of Blackwell died at 5:19 p.m. Monday in Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Thele was the driver of a 1987 Chevrolet pickup which left the roadway and rolled last Thursday. A passenger, Ernest Garrett, 71, of Blackwell was pronounced dead at Blackwell Hospital of internal injuries after the accident.

Thele had been transported to Wichita by AirEvac, where he was admitted in critical condition.

The Highway Patrol said its investigation is continuing.


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