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Two underage drinking and driving accidents, one fatal

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Updated: 1/27/2012 3:02 pm Published: 1/22/2012 9:46 pm

There were two car accidents this weekend that both involved under age drinking and driving.  Law enforcement said no matter how much high school education is out there teenagers are going to make their own decisions.  

The first one happened Friday night at I-44 and Sheridan in Tulsa County.  It involved two cars.  In one car was 19-year-old Taylor Allyse Bennett of Owasso.  She was taken to St. Francis hospital in critical condition.  The other driver in the second car was 39-year-old Channon Michelle Timmons of Norman.  She was taken to St. Johns hospital in stable condition.  One of Timmon’s passengers was 19-year-old Courtney Marie King of Norman.  She was taken to St. Johns Hospital in stable condition.  Timmon’s other passenger, was 21-year-old David Nathaniel Dixon Morgan of Norman.  He was treated at St. Johns and released. 

On Sunday morning at around 12:30 another crash involving two more 19-year-olds happened in Broken Arrow at Kenosha and Ash Avenue.  19-year-old Travis Perez of Broken Arrow was killed after he crashed into a utility pole.  His passenger was Darren Lee Wilton of Broken Arrow.  Wilton was taken to St. Francis in stable condition. 

Jeridiah Ker lives off Kenosha near where the second accident happened.  He heard the crash and drove over to help.

“The car was up on its side,” said Ker.  “The driver was unconscious lying up against the steering wheel.”

Ker admitted he used to drink and drive as a kid but his life changed when he turned 19-years-old and had his son, Kayden. 

“My son is my life,” said Ker.  “I live for him.  The fact that my son and I could be on the road and a drunk driver could hit us makes me the world’s biggest (advocate) against drinking and driving.”

“It's very unfortunate that you see young people make these decision that are irreversible, that they have either lost their lives to taken the life of close friend and affected families for years to come,” said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton, after hearing about the two accidents. 

Walton said reports show drivers who are under the age of 25-years-old cause the majority of deadly crashes.

“Have you not heard a million times in your young juvenile life, do not drink and drive?” asked Walton.

Ker wonders the same thing about the teenagers in this accident.   

“My friends know if they have a drink even one, just call me,” said Ker.  “It's stupid.  There’s no point to it.” 

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brookebusby - 1/23/2012 1:40 PM
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I agree it is not only unsafe but you put urself at risk why do that when you could have many many more years to live I don't believe in accidents like this it's there time to go I think majority of people say that to cope with it its more or less like they planned there death they know what can happen
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