A two-vehicle collision has claimed the life of a Missouri motorcyclist east of Wyandotte.
WYANDOTTE – A motorcyclist died in a two-vehicle collision at 5:51 p.m. on Tuesday on U.S. Highway 60 westbound, approximately six miles east of Wyandotte in Ottawa County.
According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Marcus Murphy's report, a 2009 Harley Davidson driven by Roger Tatum, 65, of Goodman, Missouri was traveling westbound on U.S. 60. A 2012 Ford Focus driven by a 17-year-old Wyandotte youth was traveling eastbound on U.S. 60 and attempting to turn northbound on Business 60 and struck Tatum's motorcycle.
Tatum was thrown from his motorcycle an unknown distance and came to rest on the shoulder of the roadway.
Tatum was transported by Aero-Flight to Freeman Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival from injuries by Doctor Samantha Eggbert.
The driver of the Ford Focus was not injured.
The OHP lists the condition of Tatum as apparently normal and the condition of the 17-year-old driver as under investigation. The cause of the collision is listed as under investigation in the report.
Weather is listed as cloudy and the roadway dry at the time of the collision and seatbelts were equipped and in use by the driver of the Ford Focus and a passenger side airbag did deploy. The OHP report indicates it is unknown if Tatum was wearing a helmet.
Trooper Murphy was assisted by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, Wyandotte Nation and Wyandotte Fire Departments and Quapaw EMS and Aero-Flight.
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