Two Oklahoma City Teens Killed in Tragic Accident on Highway 51

Two 17-year-old students at Classen SAS in Oklahoma City were killed on the morning of March 1, when another vehicle collided with their disabled van on a highway. Following the collision, the two teen girls were pinned inside the vehicle for two hours while emergency crews attempted to free them from the wreckage. Unfortunately, both girls succumbed to their injuries and died. If you have suffered serious injuries in an Oklahoma car accident, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Atkins & Markoff to discuss your legal options. Our lawyers have extensive experience protecting the legal rights of car accident victims and their families throughout the state, and may be able to help you pursue financial compensation for any accident-related expenses.


According to the Oklahoma accident report, three girls were in a Chevrolet van heading west on State Highway 51 around 1:00 in the morning, when their van broke down. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that three people – a 30-year-old man and two teen boys – began pushing the van while the girls remained inside the disabled vehicle. At that time, Michael Reed, 29, who was also driving west on Highway 51, crashed into the broken-down van. Dajai Brown and Karla Duenes, both only 17 years old, suffered fatal injuries in the tragic car accident, while the driver of the van, 16-year-old Sofia Gabrielson, sustained a head injury and was airlifted to OU Medical Center, where she remains in serious condition.


Of the three pedestrians who were helping to push the vehicle at the time of the accident, two were treated for their injuries at Stillwater Medical Center and released. The third pedestrian was not harmed in the collision, and Reed, the driver of the second car, was also treated and released from an area hospital. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol doesn’t yet know what caused Reed to crash into the van carrying the three Oklahoma City teens. Authorities report that he did not appear to be impaired, and the road conditions on Highway 51 were fine at the time of the fatal crash. If you have been injured in a car accident in Oklahoma City, or elsewhere in Oklahoma, consult our experienced lawyers at Atkins & Markoff as soon as possible. Our law firm is located in Oklahoma City, and our attorneys will work diligently to help you seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries.