A Cleveland teen killed on an icy highway early Saturday morning going westbound on U.S. 64 was not wearing a seat belt when he was thrown from his pickup truck. Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Post Chronicle reported Dec. 22 that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed Brock Norton, 16, died after driving the vehicle in hazardous ice conditions.
Photos have emerged of the 2000 Ford F350 pickup Norton was driving. They can be viewed here.
The Cleveland teen killed on the icy highway was pronounced dead at 2:07 a.m. Saturday at Saint Francis Hospital. State troopers found Norton several feet away from his truck about an hour-and-half after the accident. According to the police report, the crash happened just east of country road 177 West Avenue. The truck hit a guardrail before going airborne and rolling down an embankment and resting. Norton was ejected out of the truck, but authorities said had he been wearing a seat belt, he very well could have survived the crash.
Norton died from life-threatening injuries. He had called his family earlier Friday night to let them know he was on his way home after watching a movie. When he never showed, his family alerted police.
Photos of the pickup that the Cleveland teen was killed in on the icy highway show the vehicle in fairly bad shape. Several trees and brush covered it. When a car or truck violently slide off a road from quite a distance from traffic, the driver could easily be overlooked for days if not weeks if they are not seen by anyone.