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Four Dead, Five Injured When Truck Hits Funeral Procession

May 30, 1992

ADA, Okla. (AP) _ A pickup crashed into a funeral procession Friday, killing four relatives of the man being buried, including his widow, authorities said. Five others were injured, three critically.

The truck collided head-on with a limousine carrying members of Delbert Prewitt’s family to his burial. All those killed were riding in the limousine, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Trooper Ray Hudson said some cars had pulled onto the shoulder of the road to let the funeral procession pass, but the oncoming pickup collided head-on with the limousine.

Killed were Prewitt’s widow and her sister and Prewitt’s brother and sister-in-law, the patrol said.

The pickup’s driver, Carl David Savage, 17, of Stratford, was in critical condition at Valley View Regional Hospital, the patrol said. There was no immediate word on whether he faced charges.

The driver of the limousine, Vivian June Pickard, 45, and a fifth passenger in the car were in critical condition, the patrol said. Ms. Pickard is wife of Tom Pickard, owner of the Pickard Funeral Home in Stratford, said Barbara Taylor, an employee there.

One passenger in the pickup was in serious condition and a second was stable, the patrol said.

The burial for Delbert Prewitt, who was 79, was held later in the afternoon while many family members gathered at the hospital where relatives were being treated.

Ada is 85 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

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