A Texas lawman assisting a stranded motorist was killed in a crash Tuesday.
The collision occurred on U.S. 69 one mile north of Eufaula just before 8 p.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Burkley Cash said Patrick Sirois, 50, of Killeen, Texas, was assisting a motorist whose vehicle broke down and was partially in the roadway.
The broken down vehicle was hit by a 2004 Ford Taurus driven by 17-year-old Beonce Rose’Ann Hobson of Checotah, Cash said. The impact caused the disabled vehicle to pin Sirois between the vehicle and a guardrail.
Sirois was taken by EMS to Eufaula Hospital with head, trunk internal, trunk external, arm and leg injuries. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Hobson was not injured.
Another pedestrian at the scene, James Snowden Jr., 28, McAlester, and a passenger in Hobson’s vehicle, Jeffrey Ray Sullivan, 25, Muskogee, were not injured.
Cash said Sirois was “wearing a reflective traffic vest with a badge and firearm visible at the time of the accident.” Based on his investigative opinion, Cash listed the cause of the crash as “unsafe speed for traffic conditions.”