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February 18, 2013

16-year-old arrested in fatal crash

ENID, Okla. — A 55-year-old Enid woman died Sunday of injuries suffered in a traffic accident, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested on a complaint of first-degree manslaughter.

Patricia N. Russell, 55, was unresponsive and taken to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at about 6:30 p.m., according to a news release from Enid Police Department Capt. Jack Morris.

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Teodoro Najera, 16, of Enid, was arrested as a youthful offender on complaints of first-degree manslaughter and driving without a valid driver’s license, Morris said.

“Officers arrested the juvenile male, because it appeared he was under the influence of alcohol,” Morris said, “and it was determined he did not have a valid driver’s license.”

He remains in Garfield County Detention Facility, Morris said.

The accident happened at 5:50 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of 10th and Maine.

Morris said officers determined Najera was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala west on Maine at high speed. A 1991 Ford Explorer, in which Russell was a passenger, was southbound on 10th and crossing Maine from the stop sign, Morris said.

Najera’s vehicle hit the Explorer on the driver’s side, causing it to roll one time, Morris said. The driver of the Explorer was taken to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, then to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Morris said. The driver was not named, and no update was given on his condition. He suffered head, neck and torso injuries.

Emergency responders performed CPR on Russell at the scene, Morris said. He said Najera was taken to Bass, where it was determined his injuries were minor, and the teen was arrested.

Police remained at the scene of the accident until late Sunday and continued investigating Monday.

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