Motorcyclist dies from injuries, passenger in critical condition

An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter is shown leaving the scene of a motorcycle vs. car crash in the 200 block of South Oakwood Friday afternoon, April 26, 2019. Vance Sprowls, who was operating the motorcycle, and his female passenger both were critically injured in the crash. Sprowls died from his injuries early Saturday, April 27, at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

ENID, Okla. — There was no alcohol present in the system of a 26-year-old Enid man killed in a motorcycle crash in April but several drugs were present, according to a medical examiners report.

Vance Lee Sprowls had methamphetamine, amphetamine and benzodiazepine in his system at the time of his death April 27, 2019, according to a report from the Oklahoma Medical Examiners office. Sprowls was operating a 2007 Honda CX900 April 26 when it collided with 2009 Nissan Versa turning out of the La Mesa addition.

Sprowls and his passenger, Katelyn Unger, were flown from the scene by Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, according to police. Sprowls died at 4:41 a.m. from head injuries sustained in the crash. He was not wearing a helmet. 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.

Witnesses told police Sprowls was stopped at the light at Randolph and Oakwood facing south. When the light turned green, Sprowls accelerated at a high rate of speed south on Oakwood. The 16-year-old driver of the Nissan told police she was halfway through turning north onto Oakwood from Prospect Avenue and did not see any traffic. Sprowls attempted to stop the motorcycle but struck the side of the Nissan.

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.

Sgt. Casey Von Schriltz said the investigation has been turned over to the district attorney's office for review.

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