Tra Lane, 15, was transported by Eagle-Med to OU Medical Center Wednesday morning following an accident in a stolen vehicle. It was one of three that were stolen early Wednesday morning in which he is the lone suspect. The last of three thefts occurred at 5:35 a.m. and ended in an accident, which left him in critical condition with head, arm, leg, trunk internal and trunk external injuries when he was admitted into the medical center.


Tra Lane, 15, was transported by Eagle-Med to OU Medical Center Wednesday morning following an accident in a stolen vehicle. It was one of three that were stolen early Wednesday morning in which he is the lone suspect. The last of three thefts occurred at 5:35 a.m. and ended in an accident, which left him in critical condition with head, arm, leg, trunk internal and trunk external injuries when he was admitted into the medical center.

 

He was ruled in stable but critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

 

Lane was evading police pursuit and went through an intersection at a high rate of speed on an asphalt road. The road turned to gravel and Lane lost control, went into a broad slide, departed to the left and rolled two times, coming to a rest on its wheels. Lane was ejected 24 feet from the point of rest into a fence. A seatbelt was not in use.

 

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Carter County Sheriff’s Department and the Lone Grove Police Department were also on the scene of the accident, which occurred two miles north and two miles west of Lone Grove near Sneed.  

 

Wednesday’s investigation revealed that three vehicles were stolen within a short time starting at 4:45 a.m. It was near that time that an attempted theft of a vehicle took place. Unable to break into the vehicle, Lane stole a pick-up belonging to Dalton Whatley and crashed it into the side of a fence on Cimarron Road.

 

It is believed that Lane traveled on foot to another residence where he stole another pick-up, which he drove to Persimmon Street and stopped at the residence of Wilson Fire Chief Jeff Stearns. Lane left the pick-up truck and stole a Mitsubishi Eclipse belonging to Joey Stearns.

 

Jeff Stearns called in the theft and Wilson Police Officer Kevin Pointer located Lane and attempted a traffic stop.

 

The juvenile accelerated north on Cimmaron Road and continued eastbound on Oil City Road with speeds reaching between 60 to 120 miles per hour with other law enforcement agencies joining the pursuit.

 

“If it becomes unsafe for the public, we will discontinue a pursuit,” Hernandez said. “At that time of morning, there was no one out.”

 

The Wilson Fire Department, Lone Grove Fire Department and Sneed Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident.