Wrong-Way Wreck Kills One, Injures Two In Pontotoc County
PONTOTOC COUNTY, Oklahoma -- One person is dead and two others in critical condition after a wrong-way driver lost control of his car and struck a tree. Authorities say the Pontotoc County wreck was caused by a driver under the influence of drugs.
Marvin L. Poindexter of Oklahoma City was southbound on State Highway 3W about a mile south of Asher at 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2011. Poindexter was driving at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the road when his vehicle ran off the road into a tree, according to a report by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Ada firefighters freed Poindexter and two passengers who were all pinned in the vehicle for about 30 minutes.
Passenger Keysha R. Minyard of Bennington was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries. Minyard, 27, was taken to a Stratford funeral home.
Another passenger, 38-year-old Atoka resident Jeremy L. Johnson, was taken by medical helicopter to Oklahoma City where he was hospitalized in critical condition with head and other injuries.
The 27-year-old driver, who troopers say was under the influence of both illegal drugs and medications, was also taken by helicopter to Oklahoma City in critical condition with head and other injuries.
Only Poindexter was wearing a seat belt, the trooper states in his report. The cause of the fatality wreck is listed as driving under the influence of drugs.