Vomiting Passenger, Drunk Driver Blamed For Tulsa Wreck

Saturday, July 17th 2010, 9:42 am
By: News On 6


TULSA,OK -- A pickup crashed early Saturday morning after a vomiting passenger led to two people falling out of the passenger side door, according to a report by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The accident happened just after 1 a.m. on Interstate 244 near 2nd Street in downtown Tulsa.

The driver, 42-year-old Sam Sommers of Tulsa, was arrested for driving under the influence. No one was seriously injured in the accident.

Troopers say 40-year-old Linda Woods of Tulsa was leaning out the passenger side window of the truck to vomit. The passenger door, which was secured by baling wire, came open and Woods fell out.

A second passenger, 23-year-old Bradley White of Tulsa, tried to help Woods and also fell out of the truck, according to OHP.

The truck then struck a concrete barrier wall in an attempt to stop.

Both White and Woods were transported to a Tulsa hospital. White was treated and released, and Woods was admitted in stable condition with a leg injury.

Sommers, who police say was the only one wearing his seat belt, was not injured.

Sommers had red, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and the odor of alcohol about his person, according to the Tulsa police arrest report. He was booked into Tulsa County Jail on a complaint of driving under the influence, first offense.

The trooper reports that the cause of the collision was impairment by alcohol.