Tahlequah Daily Press

July 24, 2013

Girl who ran over teen says she’s been threatened

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — The 16-year-old driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a 17-year-old local boy earlier this month told authorities recently that threats have been made against her on Facebook.

Tahlequah police have not released the name of the driver, nor have they released the crash report related to the death of Oscar Landaverde. Prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday they have received the report and have “more questions” that need to be answered about the incident before any decisions are made.

Last Friday, the driver of the vehicle involved in the fatal incident told Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies that threats have been made against her on Facebook in the weeks following Landaverde’s death.

Though Tahlequah police have not released the crash report or details of the driver’s statement, the Daily Press was able to obtain a copy of the Official Oklahoma Traffic Collision Report compiled by Tahlequah Police Capt. Tom Jones, one of the officers who responded to the scene around 4 a.m. July 7 on the State Highway 51 bypass.

The narrative indicates the girl believed her vehicle struck a piece of debris that was lying in the road, and she continued driving.

Jones’ narrative also says it is “unclear why [Landaverde] was in the roadway” at the time of the incident.

Clay said during an interview with a Tulsa TV station that he and Landaverde were walking home from Walmart when they decided to stop and rest.

Police said Landaverde and Clay were either kneeling or lying on the road when they were struck.

The area of impact was determined to be within the eastbound lane of the bypass on a stretch of highway between Stick Ross Mountain Road and West Fourth Street, police have said.

Landaverde was transported to a Tahlequah hospital and died about an hour later. Clay was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries. Jones’ narrative says it is unclear how Clay was injured, though the teen has said in media interviews that the vehicle struck him in the arm.

Jones’ report indicates the 16-year-old driver was accompanied by a 19-year-old passenger at the time of the crash.

Assistant District Attorney Doug Dry said the DA’s office is asking Tahlequah police to provide prosecutors with more information about the crash.

Dry said prosecutors want to ensure the statements and information gathered in the investigation are complete and accurate before a decision is made on whether charges will be filed.