|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.