Oklahoma law to expedite investigation and clean up fatal crash

A new law in Oklahoma aims to speed up the process of investigating and cleaning up fatal accident scenes. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said medical examiners will not have to attend the scene of the accident. OHP soldiers said the bill will help crash scenes get cleaned up faster. and they also call it an act of compassion for the families of the crash victims. “To have that human compassion to be able to clean up those scenes quickly,” Private Eric Foster said with OHP. Foster said one of the big ideas behind Senate Bill 1123 has been signed into law. It allows EMS personnel to transport fatal accident victims to the hospital, instead of waiting for a medical examiner to show up. “I know as a soldier working in these rural areas it takes time in a fatal accident for the medical examiner to come out,” Foster said. Sometimes it can take hours for a medical examiner to arrive. The new law allows the OHP to authorize the transportation of the victim’s body. “A lot of these state highways are a long way from the medical examiner’s office in OKC,” Foster said. “That’s true, but that doesn’t always mean they fought for their lives for hours, it just means they were there and they couldn’t be freed,” Foster said. Foster said law enforcement is the one who gathers the evidence and facts of the case before the medical examiner is allowed to take the victim away. It makes sense that they would pass on those details later so the victim can be transported. “If a law enforcement agency is able to collect those facts, collect that data and be the expert on the scene,” Foster said. The new law could minimize the damage in the event of a serious accident. “Obviously these are sensitive things that happen, and the whole community knows the person, or if they’re involved in the community, those people know them,” Foster said. The law was signed by the governor a week ago.

A new law in Oklahoma aims to speed up the process of investigating and cleaning up the scenes of fatal accidents.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said forensic pathologists will not have to attend the scene of the crash.

OHP soldiers said the bill will help crash scenes get cleaned up faster and they also call it an act of compassion for the families of crash victims.

“To have that human compassion to be able to clean up those scenes quickly,” Private Eric Foster said with OHP.

Foster said one of the big ideas behind Senate Bill 1123 has been signed into law. It allows EMS personnel to transport fatal victims to the hospital, instead of waiting for a medical examiner to show up.

“I know as a soldier working in these rural areas it takes time in a fatal accident for the medical examiner to come out,” Foster said.

Sometimes it can take hours for a medical examiner to arrive. The new law allows the OHP to authorize the transportation of the victim’s body.

“A lot of these state highways are a long way from the medical examiner’s office in OKC,” Foster said.

It could be hours when the body is sitting on the pavement and the soldiers have stopped traffic.

“That’s true, but that doesn’t always mean they fought for their lives for hours, it just means they were there and they couldn’t be freed,” Foster said.

Foster said law enforcement is the one who gathers the evidence and facts of the case before the medical examiner is allowed to take the victim away. It makes sense that they would pass on those details later so the victim can be transported.

“If a law enforcement agency is able to collect those facts, collect that data and be the expert on the spot,” Foster said.

The new law could minimize the damage in the event of a serious accident.

“Obviously these are sensitive things that happen, and the whole community knows the person, or if they’re involved in the community, those people know them,” Foster said.

The law was signed by the governor a week ago.

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