Teen dies in accident on rural Bryan County road

CALERA, Okla. (AP) - A 19-year-old Wright City man has died in a one-vehicle accident on a rural Bryan County road.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Rufus Jerome Hardage Jr. was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his sister, 21-year-old Latoria Marie Hardage of Durant. The accident occurred about 3:15 p.m. Monday on State Highway 70E about 12 miles east of Calera.

Troopers say the vehicle was southbound when Latoria Hardage failed to negotiate a curve and continued straight onto a county road.

They say she ran off the road, overcorrected, went back on the roadway, overcorrected again and ran off the road again, striking a fence and a ditch and causing the vehicle to overturn one-half time.

Rufus Hardage Jr. died at the scene. Latoria Hardage was taken by helicopter to a Dallas hospital in stable condition.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by autumn Location: durant ok on Oct 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THIS FAMILY AND HIS SISTER. I KNOW RUFUS IS IN A BETTER PLACE, BUT I STILL CANT ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOUR GONE, ITS GOIN TO BE ROUGH GETTIN OVER THIS TRAGEDY. I LOVE BOTH OF YOU, AND I WISH L THE BEST IN HER RECOVERY. I LOVE YALL(:
  • by Shayla Location: durant ok on Oct 29, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    YOU WILL BE MISSED DEEPLY, BY ME(GIRLFRIEND) AND YOUR FRIENDS HERE IN DURANT, lATORIA I LOVE YOU GIRL AND I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU, HOPE YOU GET BETTER. rUFUS I KNOW YOUR IN A BETTER PLACE AND EVERYTHINGS GOIN TO BE ALRIGHT. i LOVE YOU AND I LOVE YOU LATORIA TOO.
  • by here Location: still here on Oct 28, 2008 at 02:46 PM
    geez! hope she will be ok and my thoughts are to all that are grieving and trying to be strong for the sister!
  • by Robert Kennon Location: Edmond oklahoma on Oct 28, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    these are my friends and JR u will be missed and T i will see you soon
  • by Caring Mom Location: Grayson on Oct 28, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    My thoughts and prayers to this family during this tragic time.
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