A Mill Creek man was killed Wednesday after a car crash caused him to be struck by a hay rake, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Report.
Troopers responded to the scene of the crash at 9:22 a.m. on Old Mill Creek Road in Johnston County. On arrival they found Ronnie A. Hearrell, 20, expired at the scene.
After investigating, Troopers determined that the 1991 International truck pulling an 18-foot hay rake was experiencing issues that caused Hearrell and Thomas L. Henderson, 19, of Mill Creek, to get out of the vehicle to repair the rake on the side of the road.
Troopers said the vehicle had its hazard lights on.
As the duo was making the repairs, a 2007 Dodge Nitro driven by Tabor A. Knight, 22, of Ardmore, with four passengers in the car, collided with the International truck, causing the hay rake to strike Hearrell.
One of Knight’s passengers, Katelin M. Garza, 20, of Ardmore, was pinned inside the car for approximately 15 minutes before she was pulled out by the Mill Creek Fire Department. The fire department had to use the jaws of life to free her. She was transported by helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where she was admitted in serious condition with head, torso internal and external injuries as well as leg injuries.
Knight was transported by helicopter to Plano Medical Center in Plano, Texas where he was treated and released.
Henderson, and three juveniles that were in Knight’s car, were not injured.