photo by Ashley Anthony
A fatality accident occurred at approximately 5:37 p.m. Wednesday on SH 5 about one mile east of US Hwy 283 in Jackson County.
According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Heather Copeland, 33, of Altus, was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries.
Copeland’s 1989 Oldsmobile was parked in the roadway for an unknown reason when Derrick Gipson, 32, of Tipton, was east bound on SH 5 and stuck the Copeland vehicle with his 2010 Toyota pickup. Gipson hit the Copeland vehicle in the rear portion of the vehicle. After impact, the Copeland vehicle entered a broad slide for about 72 feet before rolling 3/4 times, coming to rest on the passenger side on SH 5. After the initial impact, the Copeland vehicle struck a 10 year old pedestrian who had been a passenger in the Copeland vehicle, but was now standing in front of it.
The 10 year old was taken by Air Evac to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he was admitted in stable condition with leg and trunk internal injures.
A two year old passenger in the Copeland vehicle was not injured.
The driver of the pickup, Derrick Gipson, was not injured.
Seatbelts were equipped and in use in in the Gipson vehicle, and in equipped and in use by the two year old in the Copeland vehicle. Airbags were equipped and deployed in the Gipson vehicle.
The accident is being investigated by Josh Tinsley of the Jackson County detachment of Troop M., and assisted by Capt. Johnny Freeman, Trooper Tyler Shelby, Troooper Mitchell Witt, Trooper Michael Jewell, and was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County EMS, and the Altus Fire Department.