Sapulpa High School Football Player Killed In Crash

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:44 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Sep 3, 2010 8:21 AM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

SAPULPA, Oklahoma -- A 16-year-old Sapulpa teen, who was a member of the Sapulpa High School football team, was killed in a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in Creek County.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the accident occurred on South 177th West Avenue, just south of West 91st Street South just after 5 p.m.

Troopers say Justin Fitzpatrick was a passenger in a pickup truck which was traveling south on 177th West Avenue at a high rate of speed. The pickup lost control on gravel in the roadway, causing the truck to leave the road, strike a fence and roll onto its side before striking a tree.

Fitzpatrick was pinned in the wreckage for two and a half hours.

OHP troopers say the driver of the pickup truck, 17-year-old Dennis Eddleman was taken to a Tulsa hospital with injuries to his head and arms.

Fitzpatrick was a junior at Sapulpa High School where he played two positions on the football team, wide receiver and defense back.

The team is opting to play in its regularly scheduled season-opener Friday night against Ponca City per the request of Justin's parents.

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