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Man killed in ATV accident


A Bokchito man was killed in an all terrain vehicle crash over the Christmas holiday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

The body of 52-year-old John Thomas was found at approximately 12:30 p.m. Christmas day on private property three miles west of Bokchito.

According to OHP, Thomas was operating a Honda Rancher ATV and traveling down a steep trail when the vehicle rolled one-quarter time. Thomas was thrown approximately six feet and pronounced dead at the scene due to head and internal-trunk injuries.

OHP said Thomas left the residence at about 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24 and his body was discovered the next day.

Medical Examiner LeRoy Johnson responded to the scene and the victim’s body was taken by Brown’s Funeral Service to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma City.

Thomas was not wearing a helmet, according to OHP Lt. Scott Hampton’s report. Trooper Tommy Richardson of Troop E and Capt. Ronnie Hampton of OHP’s Traffic Homicide Investigations Unit assisted in the investigation.

Bryan County EMS and the Philadelphia Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the accident.

The circumstances of the accident are under investigation by OHP.

OHP investigated another accident Dec. 23 on Highway 70 4.5 miles west of Mead.

According to the OHP report, 50-year-old Glenna Roesler of Durant was driving a car at 11:50 p.m. when she traveled left of center and collided head on with a car driven by 30-year-old Dawn Blend of Kingston.

Roesler was flown by air ambulance to Plano Medical Center, Plano, Texas, where she was admitted in stable condition with leg injuries.

Blend was taken by Bryan County EMS to AllianceHealth in Durant and also was treated for leg injuries.

Both drivers wore seat belts, according to Trooper Tommy Richardson’s report. Troopers Mitchell Patten and Colby Murray assisted in the investigation. West Bryan County Fire-Rescue also responded to the crash.


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