The crash happened south of Goldsby in McClain County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said a mobile baseball team was traveling north along I-35 when their vehicle crashed and ran over, killing the 18-year-old driver.
“Anytime there’s a fatal accident, it’s horrible, but especially when minors are involved,” said Trooper Eric Foster, Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Debris remains strewn across the stretch of I-35 after a truck carrying five teenage baseball players ran over it, killing 18-year-old Gabriel Williams and injuring four others.
His coach told us the team had come home from Panama City, Florida after winning a baseball tournament.
But shortly after 3 a.m., Williams, who was behind the wheel, somehow lost control of the car – rolling three times before landing in a ditch.
“When the delegates got there, they informed us that someone might have been pinned. When the soldiers got there, we verified that one of the occupants of the vehicle, the driver, had passed away. There were four other people besides the driver inside the lorry carrying 15 passengers that rolled off the roadway,” Foster said.
The soldiers believed Williams might have been tired.
“We assume that is what is happening. He had been driving for quite some time and it was early morning,” Foster said.
Two of the passengers were taken to the hospital in critical condition.
OHP said three of the passengers were not wearing seat belts, all three of whom were ejected.
“There was one passenger besides the driver who was wearing a seat belt. That seat belt passenger was treated and released with minor injuries, and that is indeed a seat belt claim. When you have an accident like that, you don’t wear your seat belt, you get thrown out of the car and that’s where it gets dangerous,” Foster said.
KFOR spoke with the team’s coach, Randy Newton. He says boys are more than a number. And he thinks the tournament is a great way to showcase the players’ talents to university scouts.
And they did, drawing 5 and 0, winning the championship in the 10th inning.
One of Williams’ teammates who wasn’t in the car shared this with News 4, saying, “I can tell he loves the game. He’s a nice kid and very determined on the pitch. As a teammate, he always gets the job done and is unselfish. Always have a smile no matter what happens. ”
OHP said it is continuing to investigate how a tragedy like this could have happened.
“We will continue to investigate where they are coming from, where they are going. You know how long they’ve been driving all those different things that we’re going to investigate,” Foster said.
We say the truck was in a caravan of other people present at the tournament, including the coach.
Moore Public Schools confirmed three of the players were seniors from Moore High School. Coach tells us Williams is one of them.
The Moore School sent KFOR the following statement:
Moore Public Schools is deeply saddened to learn that three of our Moore High School seniors were involved in an early morning vehicle accident that resulted in one death. Our hearts grieve with the family, and we surround them with our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
The incident did not occur on MPS property, during school hours, nor was it related to a school-sponsored event; however, we know that tragedies like this weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of our students, faculty, and staff. We will be providing more counseling services this week at MHS to students and staff as they process this loss.
Anna Aguilar, Director of Communications & Community Relations at Moore Public Schools
ONE GoFundMe is set up to help the Williams family pay for Gabriel’s funeral.
https://kfor.com/news/local/moore-high-school-mourning-death-of-senior-baseball-player-after-early-morning-crash-involving-other-teens/ Moore High School mourns senior baseball player’s death after early morning crash involving other teens