Woman dies in rollover crash near Fitzhugh Tuesday

Emergency officials investigate a sign-vehicle accident near Fitzhugh Tuesday.

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A Sulphur woman died during a single-vehicle, rollover wreck southwest of Ada Tuesday morning.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Benedict said Shanna Dawn McKinley, 43, Sulphur, was driving a 2007 Pontiac G-5 north on State Highway 1 six-and-a-half miles southwest of Ada near Chimney Hill Road at 9 a.m. when the wreck occurred.

“(McKinley) drifted off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and crossed the center median,” Benedict said in a report. “(The vehicle) overturned one-and-a-half times, landing on its top on the southbound side of SH1. Driver was partially ejected and then pinned under (the) vehicle.”

McKinley was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries.

A passenger in the vehicle, 40-year-old Melena Gaye Wyche of Sulphur, was treated and released at the scene by Valley View EMS for an arm injury, Benedict said.

Based on his investigation, Benedict listed the cause of the wreck as “other distraction from inside the vehicle” and said seat belts were in use.

McKinley was taken to Smith-Phillips Funeral Home in Ada pending further arrangements. Firefighters from Ada and Fitzhugh, Pontotoc County sheriff’s deputies, Chickasaw Lighthorse police and Roff police also responded.

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