1 Dead, 1 Injured After Fiery Crash On I-44, Driver Arrested For DUI

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says three men were driving westbound on I-44 when they drifted to the left and collided with an abandoned vehicle.

The abandoned vehicle was on the inside shoulder and marked for tow, troopers say.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers say the driver from a fatal crash Saturday morning was intoxicated and left the scene after the crash.

Troopers say Rodriguez smelled strongly of alcohol and had slow, slurred speech while they were talking with him.  They say Rodriguez stated he could not remember most of the events that night and was highly intoxicated, but he admitted that the three men had been drinking at the hotel before the crash, saying he had approximately eight or nine beers, and then drove to the Hard Rock Casino.

According to troopers, Rodriguez stated that he did not remember leaving the casino, but that he later recalled feeling the impact of the crash and that he exited the vehicle and walked back to the hotel.

Rodriguez told troopers that he sat in the rear of the car when they left the casino.  However, troopers say they went to the casino and were able to positively identify Rodriguez as the person getting into the driver’s seat.  Additionally, investigators say both of the other men, Raul and Adrian Gonzalez, had visible seatbelt marks from the right collarbone across the torso to the left side of the waist.

Investigators say Rodriguez was taken to a hospital for medical treatment and, while there, removed his shirt, revealing seatbelt marks extending from the left collarbone across the torso to the right side of his waist.

Rodriguez was taken to the Rogers County Jail, accused of first degree manslaughter, driving under the influence, driving without a valid license, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.