Distracted driving blamed for Bartlesville fatality accident

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Bartlesville police are blaming distracted driving for an accident Sunday afternoon between an minivan and utility truck that killed one man and hospitalized two others.

According to Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings, the accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Hillcrest Drive just west of the Caney River bridge when a westbound Ford utility truck struck a guard rail, overcorrected, travelled left of center into the path of an eastbound Honda minivan and struck it head-on.

Pronounced dead at the scene was 68-year-old Bartlesville resident Robert Bade. The driver of the truck, Ochelata resident Toby Farris, 22, and passenger Jessie Sumpter, 24, were both were transported to Jane Phillips Medical Center.

Farris, who was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision, was later transferred to a hospital in Tulsa due to the extent of his injuries, said Hastings.

Hillcrest Drive was closed approximately four hours until the wreck could be investigated.

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