Teen sued for wrongful death in fatal May crash

A memorial in the 200 block of south Oakwood marks the spot where Vance Lee Sprowls was killed in an accident in April. (Billy Hefton / Enid news & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — The mother of a 26-year-old Enid man killed in a collision on South Oakwood has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Garfield County District Court.

Mandy Sprowls, mother of Vance Lee Sprowls, alleges Madison Jacobs, 16 at the time of the crash, failed to yield to oncoming traffic and pulled out in front of Sprowls, causing him to collide with her vehicle.

The crash occurred at 4:53 p.m. April 26 in the 200 block of South Oakwood. Sprowls was operating a 2007 Honda CX900 when it collided with 2009 Nissan Versa turning out of the La Mesa addition.

Sprowls and his passenger, Katelyn Unger, 23, were flown from the scene by Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, according to Enid police. Sprowls died at 4:41 a.m. from head injuries sustained in the crash. Unger was admitted to the ICU in critical condition with head and leg injuries. She was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Sprowls was not wearing a helmet.

"The defendant's actions were negligent and were the direct and proximate cause of the collision with Mr. Sprowls' vehicle," the suit claims. "Mr. Sprowls was without fault in the accident and at all times acted with due care."

The suit claims Jacobs failed to yield to oncoming traffic and committed "negligence per se."

The suit seeks damages of "more than $75,000 and in an amount to be proven at trial."

A medical examiner's report for Sprowls found there was no alcohol in his system at the time of the crash but several drugs were present.

Sprowls had methamphetamine, amphetamine and benzodiazepine in his system at the time of his death, according to a report from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office. The report lists the probable cause of death as "multiple blunt force injuries" and the manner of death as "accident." Under contributing factors to death "recent use of methamphetamine" is listed.

The case has been assigned assigned to District Judge Paul Woodward.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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