Names Released In Fatal Alcohol-Related Crash Near Verdigris
Rogers County Jail records show an 18-year-old has been arrested on complaints of second-degree murder and driving under the influence in connection with Friday morning's double-fatal crash that killed a man and child near Verdigris.It happened shortly after 5 a.m. on State Highway 66 near Gordon Road. Trooper Andy Floyd tells NewsChannel 8 the driver of a pickup truck was southbound on the highway when he struck a vehicle at the intersection of Gordon Road.After the impact, the driver of the pickup truck turned around, going the wrong way and struck another vehicle head-on before rolling the pickup truck and striking another vehicle.Eric Watkins, 21, and his 8-month-old son Bryor Watkins, both died at the scene. Ginger Watkins was also inside the vehicle and was taken to the hospital for her injuries. She has been released from the hospital.The driver of the pickup truck, 18-year-old Keaton Leon Hannah, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and later booked into the Rogers County Jail on two complaints of second-degree murder and one count of driving under the influence.
"It was roughly 5:30 I just heard a metal twisting noise real quick and then it was over," says Tim Coleman, who lives near the crash scene. "I then came out and saw that one car was upside down and police and ambulance was everywhere."Coleman says his son and Hannah are good friends."I heard what might have happened and if that's the case then it was a very bad choice," says Coleman.He's referring to the possibility that Hannah may have been drunk while driving, which comes as a complete surprise to Coleman. "The drinking situation, never heard of it before my son doesn't participate and none of his friends do so that was a surprise to us," says Coleman.Hannah is part of the youth ministry at Destiny Life church in Claremore."We are hurting over both families and what happened today it's a sad, sad situation," says Youth Pastor Jeremy Donovan. The church is holding a service for all families affected. Donovan says the church's youth have a lot of questions."There's a lot of kids here that knew Keaton he was a good kid and made some hard choices," says Donovan.