Six-Car Pileup in Oklahoma Kills Two, Injures Two Others

A deadly six-car collision took place on December 7th in Norman, Oklahoma, killing two drivers and injuring two others. The massive crash was caused by the driver of a 2000 Yukon drifting across two lanes of traffic and colliding with a Kia Soul, which took place near Flood Avenue and Tecumsah Road in Norman. The driver of the Yukon, 27-year-old Army Spc. David Tompkins, was transported by EMSSTAT to Norman Regional Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and died. According to Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley, the 29-year-old driver of the Kia, David Jester, died at the scene of the accident. If you have suffered injuries in a serious car accident in Oklahoma caused by the negligence of another person, contact our experienced attorneys at Atkins & Markoff to explore your compensation options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills.


According to the police report, Tompkins was traveling south on Flood Avenue at about 7 a.m. when he crossed into the northbound lanes and struck the Kia driven by Jester. Four additional vehicles were involved in the subsequent collision, police said. Two Norman residents, 48-year-old David Lee Gibbs and 38-year-old Robert Thomas Lorrah, suffered injuries in the fatal accident and required hospitalization, although they were treated and released several days later. Two other Oklahoma drivers were involved in the pileup but did not report any injuries. There are a number of factors that may have contributed to the deadly collision, possibly including driver fatigue, driver distraction and hazardous road or weather conditions. Regardless of the cause however, the physical, emotional and financial consequences associated with fatal car accidents like this one are typically devastating.


After the crash, Oklahoma police officers secured a search warrant to retrieve data from the vehicles black boxes, said Easley, who also noted that the collision remains an open investigation under the direction of Master Police Officer S. Praizner and other members of the department’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team. Police involved in the investigation have reported that there is currently no information available regarding factors that may have contributed to the deadly accident, such as wet pavement, fog or distracted driving. If you have been injured in an Oklahoma car accident caused by a negligent driver, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, consult our reputable lawyers at Atkins & Markoff today. Our personal injury attorneys have experience protecting the legal rights of car accident victims across the state, and can help you seek fair and timely reimbursement for your accident-related losses.