theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

September 3, 2013

Crash victim remains in critical condition

Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent
www.theadanews.com

Ada — A woman involved in a single-vehicle crash Saturday night remains in critical condition.

Ashley Lauren Reeves, 32, of Atwood, was injured when the pickup she was riding in crashed into a tree. The wreck occurred at the intersection of Lonnie Abbott and Monte Vista.

Ada police said 35-year-old Clovis Lee Reeves Jr., also of Atwood, was driving a 1997 Dodge pickup east on Lonnie Abbott when he allegedly ran a stop sign and drove through the T-intersection.

The pickup hit a curb and launched into the air, turning slightly sideways. The passenger side of the pickup slammed into a large oak tree before coming to rest in a wooded area, 60 feet from the curb. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and, after seeing Ashley Reeves’ injuries, immediately called for a medical helicopter.

Ada firefighters and Mercy EMS had to beat back brush and cut through small trees to get to the vehicle. Clovis Reeves was removed and taken by Ada police to Mercy Hospital Ada to be treated for various non life-threatening injuries. Firefighters used hydraulic prying and cutting tools to remove parts of the passenger side to free Ashley Reeves who was pinned.

With no safe landing area near the crash scene, EMS asked for Medi Flight to land at Mercy Hospital. Ashley Reeves was taken to a waiting ambulance, then to Mercy Hospital. She was taken by Medi Flight to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and admitted for serious injuries. A hospital spokesperson said Tuesday Ashley Reeves remained in the intensive care unit in critical condition.

According to radio traffic, Ashley Reeves suffered multiple fractures to her leg and, according to Ada Police Officer Brad Rhoads, she also suffered a “fractured pelvis, several broken bones and bleeding around the neck area,” Rhoads said in a report.

Rhoads spoke with Clovis Reeves at the scene and gave him a breathalyzer test before taking him to the hospital, he said. The results were 0.00.

“I asked if he took any medication and he advised Lortab and Xanax approximately three to four hours (before the wreck),” Rhoads said.

Clovis Reeves was issued a citation for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

“(A witness to the wreck) advised she observed a vehicle traveling east on Lonnie Abbott,” Rhoads said. “The vehicle appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle never slowed and left the roadway east of Monte Vista. I did not observe any marks indicating Clovis attempted to slow or stop.”