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Posted on: October 27, 2023

Fatality Collision

(STILLWATER, OK) – On Friday, October 27, 2023 at 6:33 a.m., Stillwater Police Department (SPD) responded to 14th and Perkins in reference to a motor vehicle collision with injuries.

The initial investigation revealed that Marvin Gashwazra, 83, of Tryon was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup northbound on Perkins Road approaching 14th Avenue. Laura Newton, 60, of Stillwater was traveling southbound on Perkins Road in a 2015 Dodge Charger and was approaching 14th avenue in the inside lane. A third vehicle driven by Levi Kevan, 37, of Yale was traveling southbound in the outside lane of Perkins Road approaching 14th Avenue in a 2005 Chevy 3500 pickup pulling a trailer.

Newton advised she observed the pickup driven by Gashwazra cross the center line and was headed towards her, she advised that she swerved to avoid hitting the pickup head on and her vehicle was struck. Gashwazra continued northbound in the southbound lanes before striking the pickup driven by Kevan.

Gashwazra was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. Gashwazra was also the only unrestrained person involved in the collision.

Newton was transported by private vehicle to Stillwater Medical Center for minor injuries.

The case is under investigation by SPD.

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