The driver who allegedly caused a serious wreck in a residential area of Ada earlier this month was recently charged with a felony.
Zachary Bryce Blood, 18, of Ada was charged Dec. 18 with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, causing great bodily injury.
The wreck occurred at about 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at the intersection of First and Oak streets.
Ada Police Officer Joe Machetta said Joseph Laven, 23, of Ada was driving east on First Street. After stopping at a stop sign, Laven attempted to pull into the intersection when the vehicle he was driving was hit in the passenger front-side by a Chevrolet Cobalt driven north on Oak Street by Blood.
“(Laven) stated he was stopped on the west said of the intersection,” Machetta said in a report. “(Laven) stated he looked in both directions and did not see anyone coming. After coming to a complete stop, he proceeded to travel east through the intersection. (Laven) stated as he was going through the intersection, he looked to his right and heard tires squealing and saw a silver car as it struck him.”
After the collision, the vehicle driven by Blood then slammed into an electric pole. Blood and a passenger, Alicia Mondejar, 20, of Ada, were injured.
Machetta said when he arrived on scene, Blood and Mondejar had been partially ejected from the vehicle. Both were treated by Mercy EMS, then flown by medical helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
According to authorities, Blood left the hospital later that day.
Machetta said Mondejar suffered injuries to her ankle, spine and face, and has had to undergo extensive surgeries.
Laven was not injured.
Police believe Blood was driving faster than the posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour, as his vehicle left 108 feet of skid marks before the collision.
According to an affidavit filed by District Attorney Paul B. Smith, Blood had a blood alcohol concentration over 0.08 when his blood was drawn at the hospital.
In the affidavit, Smith wrote that Blood, “while under the influence of intoxicating substances, (caused) an accident where Alicia Mondejar suffered great bodily injury to wit: an ankle injury, a spinal injury and a facial injury, all requiring surgery and resulting in protracted impairment of said body parts.”
Also on Dec. 18, a warrant was issued for Blood’s arrest. As of press time Wednesday, he had not been arrested.