[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0216]

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "These auto skid marks, in the center median strip in the 1100 block NE 13, show the path of death for a 33-year-old motorist who was electrocuted early Thursday after his car knocked down the electric light pole shown in the foreground. Here police traffic officials were still investigating the death of Robert Peyton McCarter, 33, of 219-1/2 Harrison, electrocuted after his car crashed into a power pole in the 1100 block NE 13. The Oklahoma City Motorist survived a grinding crash early Thursday when his speeding auto ... continued below

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Tapscott, George February 17, 1955.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection and was provided by Oklahoma Historical Society to The Gateway to Oklahoma History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 18 times . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "These auto skid marks, in the center median strip in the 1100 block NE 13, show the path of death for a 33-year-old motorist who was electrocuted early Thursday after his car knocked down the electric light pole shown in the foreground. Here police traffic officials were still investigating the death of Robert Peyton McCarter, 33, of 219-1/2 Harrison, electrocuted after his car crashed into a power pole in the 1100 block NE 13. The Oklahoma City Motorist survived a grinding crash early Thursday when his speeding auto knocked down two small trees and an electric light pole, only to be electrocuted as he crawled from his overturned car. His face and head then came in contact with a 4,000-volt, electric line on the upended light pole, which had fallen across McCarter's 1950 model Ford. His face, the back of his head and hips were severely burned by the "hot" wire. Officers and a University hospital interne applied artificial respiration and the victim was administered oxygen in an ambulance, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at Mercy hospital. The freak accident left police undecided on whether to count the death as a traffic fatality or an accidental electrocution. The death certificate was signed electrocution and the attending physician reported finding no other injury, other than the severe electrical burns. Part of his clothing was burned away. Had there been no accident, the electric wires would not have been broken, but police feel they should be classified as two separate incidents. Capt. John McManus of the accident division said he thinks the motorist's death should not be listed as a traffic fatality. The captain added that a decision would not be made the case until he can confer with Capt. Bill Hamilton of the states highway patrol. Hamilton was out of the city Thursday and was not due back at headquarters until Friday. Crawls Back 10 Feet McManus pointed out that McCarter kicked out the windshield of his overturned car, climbed out to the ground and then crawled 10 feet to the back of his car before he touched the electric wire."

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Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection

The Oklahoma Publishing Company, the parent company of many prominent Oklahoma newspapers, amassed a significant collection of photographs that span more than a century. The wide variety of photographs accompanied stories in the newspapers.

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  • February 17, 1955

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  • Oct. 11, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

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Tapscott, George. [Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0216], photograph, February 17, 1955; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc216877/: accessed April 24, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.