Lawton_New surveillance video was released to 7News Friday on Wednesday's serious crash that sent an elderly driver to an Oklahoma City hospital. Lawton Police say there is no question a 16-year-old boy was speeding when the accident occurred. His vehicle slammed into a pickup truck that was making a u-turn. The question which remains is how fast the teen was driving. The footage was obtained from Ft. Sill Apache Casino. 7News enhanced it to allow a better view of the teen's car which crashed and sent the pickup rolling.
68-year old Aletha Duke of Carnegie was driving the truck and remains in serious condition in an Oklahoma City hospital. The Oklahoma Highway patrol and Lawton Police have been working since the crash to re-construct just what happened. They say both drivers committed violations. Duke failed to yield while making the u-turn, and the teen definitely was going faster than the 45-mile-per hour limit. After the investigation is complete, the police department will turn its findings over to the Comanche County District Attorney who will decide what charges, if any, will be filed.
Aletha Duke's Husband was at the casino when the crash happened. General Manager Darrell Nott of the Fort Sill Apache Casino says east Lawton is growing and so is the casino business on the eastside. They already are seeing more customers and expect another increase when their second gaming floor opens on Monday. The violent crash has him worried for his customers and employees' safety. "What went through my mind is this is an increasingly highly traveled roadway for local residents, and visitors to the area, because the casinos are located here, and a lot of new businesses are developing here. Traffic is becoming heavier and heavier. Too many drivers are having to me u-turns or cross traffic to make a turn. "I think the turnouts and certainly options of another one or two street lights need to be addressed because there is a lot of cross-traffic here."
And while the current roadway design may have worked for a while, Nott says, "They are just designed for a lot less traffic than we're experiencing. He also says more homes are being built on the eastside, and the tribe's plan is to expand its casino even more with a hotel and restaurants which could mean more cars passing through the area each day.