Arkansas Man Dies While Driving On Muskogee Turnpike

Saturday, April 23rd 2011, 3:46 pm
By: News On 6

MUSKOGEE COUNTY, Oklahoma -- An Arkansas man died on an eastern Oklahoma highway from an apparent medical condition at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, according to a report by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Van Buren resident Derek Allen Betancourt, 43, was southbound on Muskogee Turnpike at mile marker 47 in Muskogee County when his vehicle left the roadway and crossed the center median. The 2003 Chevy Malibu struck a concrete ditch and then continued on for 1,110 feet.

A witness saw the crash and stopped to help. He saw smoke coming from the engine compartment and pulled Betancourt from the car; however, paramedics determined that the driver died from an unspecified medical condition.