1 Owasso Teen Killed, Another Critical After Texas Wreck


Monday, May 6th 2019, 5:23 pm
By: Dee Duren


An Owasso teenager is dead and another in critical condition after an early morning wreck in Gray County, Texas Monday. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports the crash happened around 1 a.m. May 6 about two miles west of McLean.

A semi truck driver told Texas Highway Patrol officers he was eastbound on Interstate 40 when he saw a single headlight traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes. The truck driver said he drove on the shoulder in an attempt to avoid a 2008 Toyota Camry driven by 18-year-old Collin Lovelace of Owasso, the collision report states.

Troopers said another eastbound driver started to pass the semi and hit Lovelace's car head-on. That driver, 33-year-old Fungisai Banda of Bentonville, Arkansas, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 2-year-old child in her car was taken to a local hospital where he was said to be stable with non-life threatening injuries. 

Owasso resident Jacob Frogge, 18, was a passenger in Lovelace's car. He died on scene, the report states. Troopers say Lovelace was taken to a Texas hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The truck driver wasn't hurt.

Everyone was using safety restraints, according to troopers. The investigating trooper notes it was a foggy morning with wet roads.

The collision report states the accident report is preliminary, and the fatality crash is under investigation.