[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0022]

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "LABORATORY TECHNICIAN Theresa Ann Cowden, 26, of 1827 NW 17, was fatally injured shortly after 7:25 A.M. Wednesday when this demolished sedan was involved in a two-car crash at N Villa and the Northwest Expressway. Miss Cowden was thrown through the right door window, and pinned under the car when it rolled. A second passenger and the driver suffered minor injuries. Driver of the second car was not injured. A 26-year-old University hospital laboratory technician became Oklahoma City's 23rd traffic fatality of 1958 early Wednesday in a two-car ... continued below

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Peterson, Dick November 26, 1958.

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "LABORATORY TECHNICIAN Theresa Ann Cowden, 26, of 1827 NW 17, was fatally injured shortly after 7:25 A.M. Wednesday when this demolished sedan was involved in a two-car crash at N Villa and the Northwest Expressway. Miss Cowden was thrown through the right door window, and pinned under the car when it rolled. A second passenger and the driver suffered minor injuries. Driver of the second car was not injured. A 26-year-old University hospital laboratory technician became Oklahoma City's 23rd traffic fatality of 1958 early Wednesday in a two-car crackup at the intersection of N Villa and the Northwest Expressway. Dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital was Miss Theresa Ann Cowden. 1827 NW 17. She was a passenger in a car driven by her cousin, Lester Lyman Cowden, 22, of 2014 NW 14.
Charged in connection with the fatal accident was 33-year-old Alan Norvelle Gordon, 2336 NW 56, terr,, a prominent Oklahoma City jeweler. Sister Is Hurt A second passenger in the Cowden automobile, Mary Louise Cowden, 25-year-old Burbank school teacher, of 1827 NW 17, was admitted to Mercy Hospital for treatment of abrasions, bruises, and extreme shock. She was a sister of the victim, and cousin of the driver of the car in which Theresa Cowden was killed.
Gordon, traffic Lieut. S.W. Stephens said, was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way from a stop sign. He will appear in police traffic court at a later date, Stephens said. Car Flips
Traffic officer L.A. Gramling said the Cowden car was westbound on the expressway when the collision occurred. The Gordon car, Gramling reported, was southbound on N Villa. After the impact, Cowden lost control of his 1953 Desoto sedan, the officer said. The sedan spun clockwise out of control, skidded 170 feet and flipped over. the victim was thrown through the glass in the right front door, impact of the blow nearly decapitating her, Gramling reported. When the sedan came to rest in westbound lane of traffic, Miss Cowden was pinned partly in and partly outside the right hand door. Miss Cowden was dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital from severe head injuries, fractures and internal injuries. Her cousin, the driver of the car, was treated for severe shock, minor bruises and lacerations. Police said they could get few details from him because of the state of shock he was in at the time of treatment. The victim's death brought to 23 the number of persons killed on Oklahoma City streets during 1958. The current figure is four fatalities over the 19 killed at the same time in 1957."

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Peterson, Dick. [Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0022], photograph, November 26, 1958; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc226540/: accessed December 13, 2017), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.