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April 18, 2014

Mercy says wreck victim not 'treated and released'

Ada — Mercy Hospital Ada President Kent Rogers said a wreck victim Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported was “treated and released” from the Mercy Hospital Ada — and later died — was, in fact, transferred to an Oklahoma City hospital.

“In checking hospital records, the patient was brought to Mercy Hospital Ada,” Rogers said. “We treated and identified her critical condition(s) and transferred her to the trauma unit at OU Health directly from our emergency department, per established protocol.  She in fact was not treated and released from our hospital as the article indicates. Our sympathies are extended to her family as a result of this tragic accident.”

 Fitzhugh resident Mary L. Gibbs, 86, was involved in a wreck in February and died the following day from injuries she received in the crash, according to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to a release issued by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F, medical examiner Leroy Johnson notified the troop Wednesday that Gibbs died the day after the Feb. 12, wreck.

The wreck occurred at the intersection of state Highway 1 and a county road five miles south of Ada. According to OHP Trooper Tyler Jack, 83-year-old Jack Dean Stark of Fitzhugh was driving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup west on a county road when he failed to yield at SH 1.

Mabrey Irene Smith, 20, Stratford, was driving a 2006 Mitsubishi south on SH 1 and crashed into the passenger side of the pickup. Smith and Stark refused treatment at the scene. Gibbs was a passenger in the pickup.

According to Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office spokesperson Amy Elliott, the delay between the wreck, Feb. 12, and time OHP Troop F was notified, April 15, was due to the time it took to examine and determine the cause and manner of death. Gibbs died at OU Medical Center from blunt force trauma sustained in the wreck, according to the medical examiner’s office.

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