Tulsa Teen Killed In Crash Not Wearing Seatbelt


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Updated: 1/16/2011 11:42 pm Published: 1/16/2011 8:03 pm


A high-speed, rollover crash claimed the life of a 15-year-old Tulsa teen; a passenger riding with a by a 16-year-old driver.
The crash happened around 10 p.m. Saturday night at 6544 north Lansing road.
Oklahoma highway patrol says 15-year-old Quanaysha Owens was killed after being thrown from the car, the driver was 16-year-old Bro'sheonia Dea'kole Reid.

OHP reports Reid lost control and hit a telephone pole, the car rolled twice and Owens was thrown out.
Reid was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Since Oklahoma started its graduated license program, deadly crashes involving teens dropped dramatically, going from 75 percent down to 39 percent.
It doesn't make news like deadly accidents any easier for parents to take; especially hearing neither of the teen girls was wearing a seatbelt.

"That's awful, people just need to be safe, teach your kids to drive right,” Amanda Fryer said.

Not that long ago, Amanda Fryer was a teen learning how to drive.

"You can have accidents with anything,” Amanda said while riding horse-back in N. Tulsa, in a field behind the accident site.

Amanda didn't take Driver's Education and says she learned fast...driving a car is not like riding a horse.

“My dad took me around the field when I was like 12 or 13 and said learn how to drive,” she said.

Her dad taught her how to ride and how to drive.
It will be up to more parents to teach their teens to drive.
Many Oklahoma schools are dropping free Driver's Ed programs.

“Just went and took it and then started driving,” Fryer said.

When Amanda falls off a horse she gets back on, the licensed driver knows it's not the same with a car.

One teen killed in a car accident Saturday night doesn't have the opportunity to try again.
A 15-year-old was thrown from the car, driven by her 16-year-old friend. The girls were not wearing seatbelts.

“It's a big hill, people go pretty fast, it's 35 but people go faster,” Fryer said.

It reminds mom, Mary Francis, of the first day he son drove a truck in bad weather.

"He thought he could do it, I tried to tell him,” she said. “Then I got a call, mama, you know when you hear that panicked sound?" "Mama, I just got in an accident, I was like oh lord.”

After her son's trial and error, he learned to take it easy behind the wheel and slow down.

“It wasn't that serious but they gotta take heed,” Francis said.

Wearing a seat belt is a driving lesson sometimes learned too late.
In 2005 Oklahoma passed a law requiring 16-year-old intermediate licensed drivers to drive only from 5 A.M. to 10 P.M. unless they are driving to school, work, church or other related activities. Also, teens must have a licensed driver at least 21-years old with them while driving after 10 P.M. which OHP says was not the case in this crash.

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Sincere - 1/19/2011 2:36 AM
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Over the weekend The Tulsa World Published a story about the death of 15yr. old Quanaysha Owens, who died in a horrific car accident Saturday night near East 66th street North and Lansing. Due to the untimely and tragic death of Quanaysha Owens the family is lacking money to pay for her burial. So far the family has collected $1,500 leaving them $2,500 short for the total cost of her burial. With the tragic loss of a child, the last thing the family should have to worry about is how they are going to provide a descent burial for their child. I'm asking anyone out there to please help this family in their time of need. The following is information to the location where Quanaysha Owens' funeral will be held once the family has enough money to pay for the burial. I have also enclosed info on how to reach her Father & Step Mother, Marcus & Amy Franklin. I ask that you please do what you can to help this family during this tragic time. Thank You, A.L. Baker Page Link: http://www.newson6.com/Global/category.asp?C=121535&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=5474003 Jack's Memory Chapel Inc, 801 E 36th Street N Tulsa, OK 74106-1900 (918) 428-4431 For the Family of 15yr old Quanaysha Owens Father and Step Mother of Quanaysha Owens Marcus & Amy Franklin Phone:(918)409-2652 Email:SincereMsL80@aol.com

watchdog1 - 1/18/2011 3:02 PM
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Parents who give their kids cars and turn them loose with it at 15 or 16 are are putting their kids lives at risk and the lives of other innocent people who don't text and play extremely loud music in the car while texting, looking into the back seat,screaming and driving crazy fast,I live near a high school, I see how your kids drive, if you knew what your kids do when they leave the school, you would take their car away until they graduate, seriously, I see things that make my hair stand on end, I won't go near the school in the morning or when they get out in the evening, it is so frightening, I am surprised more don't die, my kids wanted a car when they turned 16, I told them if they wanted a car, they could work and buy one, pay the insurance and tag, but the minute their grades slipped, the car was gone, they decided they didn't need one that badly. Mean parent....? Perhaps, but my kids lived to grow up, and now thank me for being a force in their lives and making them behave responsibly.

ladytweet - 1/18/2011 10:07 AM
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@DrJKH and RealityStrikes, I get it and I totally don't see anything remotely funny about it. A parent LOST their child. There is NOTHING funny about that. Just like MsBlack said there are plently of Sarah's, Timmy's, Becky's, Brian's, etc that get in their car everyday and drive without using their seatbelts. It's just by the Grace of God that they aren't in an accident. So while I understand that your ignorance leads you to believe that just because the children had unconventional names it is the reason for their car accident, it is not.

MsBlack - 1/18/2011 9:50 AM
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There are just as many Sarah's and Timmy's out there driving recklessly. Don't be such a cad. The fact is that a child lost her life. Many adults have failed to engage their seatbelts while driving. This should be a reminder to teens that safety equipment is placed in vehicles for a good reason. Be mindful that an accident can happen, and anyone would prefer to be breathing after the accident than not.

TurfTamer - 1/17/2011 2:10 PM
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Wow, there were so many grammatical mistakes in that article. Doesn't someone proof read these stories before they are put on here?

RealityStrikes - 1/17/2011 12:42 PM
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"DrJKH " LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL $100 says 95% of the people reading this DON'T get that joke.

roadhunter - 1/17/2011 5:45 AM
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FINALLY! Fox23 reports on the actual cause of most traffic deaths. It's about time. Personally, I think if you're in an accident that is your fault and someone else is killed in another car, you should be charged with a crime if they were not wearing a seatbelt. Same goes for motorcycle wrecks. Anyone who gets in a car without a seatbelt or rides a motorcycle, even with a helmet, does not value their own life.

DrJKH - 1/16/2011 9:45 PM
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Well, with names like Bro'sheonia Dea'kole, I'm SHOCKED that they weren't raised better than to drive recklessly while not wearing seatbelts. \end sarcasm
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