Matt Swearengin Managing Editor
August 25, 2013
A 13-year-old Arlington, Texas, girl was killed and two members of her family were critically injured during a crash late Sunday morning in Calera.
The crash, involving a pickup and a car, happened just before 11 a.m. at the Highway 69/75 and McKinley Street stoplight.
According to Calera Police Chief Don Hyde, Skyla Fisher, 13, died at the scene. She was a passenger in a car driven by her mother, Kelly Spielman, 33, Arlington. Spielman and her unidentified 6-year-old son, where flown from the scene by EagleMed helicopters.
The boy made it through surgery at Children’s Hospital in Dallas and is listed in serious but stable condition. Spielman is in critical condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Hyde said the family had just left the Dr. Boyd Mills animal clinic before the crash in Calera. Three dogs were inside the car. One died immediately and another, though alive for a while, later died. Carolbeth Hyde and others at the scene gave the mortally injured dog water. The third dog survived and was picked up by a person from Durant who witnessed the crash.
According to Hyde, the pickup driver, Jesus Garcia Jr. and an unnamed passenger from Mesquite, Texas, were treated and released. Hyde said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Calera Fire Chief Brian Norton said this was the first fatal accident in Calera since installation of the stoplights.
The crash shut down the southbound lanes of the highway and traffic was diverted until approximately 12:15 p.m. Agencies responding included Calera police and fire departments, Bryan County and Colbert EMS, Durant Police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. EagleMed helicopters from Ardmore and Hugo transported the patients.
Authorities will conduct an accident reconstruction at 7 p.m. Thursday and are asking motorists to use caution.
“We will have the road shut down or down to one lane,” Hyde said. “We’re asking motorists to use as much caution as possible in the area.”
Calera Police Capt. Daniel Thurman will be conducting the reconstruction with help from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
- Staff writer Zach Maxwell contributed to the updated version of this story