[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.1149]

Description:

Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Part of Gary Coleman's motorcycle lies beneath the 25-ton road scraper which struck and killed the boy Monday. TEEN HIT BY SCRAPER, CYCLIST DIES IN CRASH, State Traffic Toll, 1973 deaths to date: 367, 1972 deaths to date: 406, 1973 deaths under 21: 97, A 15-year-old Oklahoma City boy was killed Monday afternoon when his small motorcycle was struck by a 25-ton road scraper, police said. Dead is: GARY COLEMAN, 15, of 3125 SW 47. Coleman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Coleman, was hit by the scraper near the intersection of SW 36 and Independence, Officer Seth Owsley, accident investigator said. Owsley said the scraper, owned by the Nineteenth Seed Co., 4110 S Woodward, was being used on the construction of I-240 just south of the intersection. The driver of the scraper, Randall Harris, 22, of 3712 Newcastle, told Owsley he was leaving the construction site when the accident occurred. he told the officer two flagmen were blocking S Independence and he was driving the scraper down a 2-degree grade. Coleman, Harris told the officer, turned south on S Independence from the westbound lane of SW 36. Witnesses estimated the boy was traveling about 45 m.p.h., Owsley said. Harris said he pushed the brake pedal and dropped the scraper blade trying to stop the machine, which Owsley estimated was traveling about 40 m.p.h. Owsley said the scraper knocked the youth 77 feet from the point of impact and dragged the motorcycle several feet beyond that before stopping. Coleman was pronounced dead of massive head and internal injuries on arrival at South Community Hospital."

Creator(s): Tullous, Don
Location(s): United States - Oklahoma - Oklahoma County - Oklahoma City
Creation Date: July 9, 1973
Collection(s):
Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection
Usage:
Total Uses: 7
Past 30 days: 0
Yesterday: 0
Creator (Photographer):
Date(s):
  • Creation: July 9, 1973
Coverage:
Place
United States - Oklahoma - Oklahoma County - Oklahoma City
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Date
July 9, 1973
Description:

Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Part of Gary Coleman's motorcycle lies beneath the 25-ton road scraper which struck and killed the boy Monday. TEEN HIT BY SCRAPER, CYCLIST DIES IN CRASH, State Traffic Toll, 1973 deaths to date: 367, 1972 deaths to date: 406, 1973 deaths under 21: 97, A 15-year-old Oklahoma City boy was killed Monday afternoon when his small motorcycle was struck by a 25-ton road scraper, police said. Dead is: GARY COLEMAN, 15, of 3125 SW 47. Coleman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Coleman, was hit by the scraper near the intersection of SW 36 and Independence, Officer Seth Owsley, accident investigator said. Owsley said the scraper, owned by the Nineteenth Seed Co., 4110 S Woodward, was being used on the construction of I-240 just south of the intersection. The driver of the scraper, Randall Harris, 22, of 3712 Newcastle, told Owsley he was leaving the construction site when the accident occurred. he told the officer two flagmen were blocking S Independence and he was driving the scraper down a 2-degree grade. Coleman, Harris told the officer, turned south on S Independence from the westbound lane of SW 36. Witnesses estimated the boy was traveling about 45 m.p.h., Owsley said. Harris said he pushed the brake pedal and dropped the scraper blade trying to stop the machine, which Owsley estimated was traveling about 40 m.p.h. Owsley said the scraper knocked the youth 77 feet from the point of impact and dragged the motorcycle several feet beyond that before stopping. Coleman was pronounced dead of massive head and internal injuries on arrival at South Community Hospital."

Note:

PublishDate: 7-10-1973 Oklahoman

Physical Description:

1 photograph

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Keyword(s): Accident | Road-Scraper-Motorcycle | 1973 | newspaper photographs
Added Title: Teen Hit By Scraper, Cyclist Dies In Crash
Partner:
Oklahoma Historical Society
Collection:
Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: 2012.201.B0052.1149
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc194137
Resource Type: Photograph
Format: Image