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December 12, 2012

Police release names of fatality victims

NORMAN — The drivers killed in Tuesday’s six-car pileup have been identified.

 David Tompkins, 27, of Moore was transported by EMSSTAT to Norman Regional Hospital, where he died. David Jester, 29, of Norman died at the scene, according to a news release from Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley.

Early Tuesday, indications were that one of the deceased was in the military.

“It’s my understanding that was Mr. Tompkins,” Easley said Wednesday.

The six-car pileup Tuesday morning near Flood Avenue and Tecumseh Road left two dead, two more injured and blocked traffic for more than five hours.

Flood was closed to traffic from the intersection, north to the Interstate 35 merge ramp for more than five hours.

About 7 a.m. a 2000 GMC Yukon, driven by Tompkins, was traveling south on Flood Avenue and reportedly crossed into the northbound lanes colliding with other vehicles, police said Wednesday.

Five additional vehicles were involved in the subsequent crash, police said.

David Lee Gibbs, 48, of Norman suffered injuries in the collision, as did Robert Thomas Lorrah, 38, who also is a Norman resident. Both were taken to the hospital and treated before being released Tuesday afternoon, Easley said.

Two other drivers also were involved but did not report any injuries. Those drivers are Brian Scott McDonald, 21, of Alex and Nicholas Heath Taylor, 31, of Norman.

 Easley said Wednesday that a representative of the Office of the State Medical Examiner transported Jester’s body to their facility in Oklahoma City.

The collision remains an open investigation under the direction of Master Police Officer S. Praizner and other members of the department’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team.

Easley said Tuesday that no children were involved in the accident. He said Wednesday that there was no information available on the use of seat belts or regarding factors that could have contributed to the accident such as fog, wet pavement or the use of electronic devices.

“I don’t have any of that,” Easley said. “That’s why we investigate these things.”

He also said he could not elaborate on the results of a search warrant that was issued after the collision.

“I’m simply not at liberty to discuss it,” Easley said.

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