Services Saturday for motorcyclist killed Friday in Oklahoma crash

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August 4, 2008 - Funeral services for a Sulphur Springs motorcyclist who died after his motorcycle was hit by a tractor-trailer while sitting at an Oklahoma tollbooth will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Davis Street Baptist Church.

The family of Larry Cameron, 47, of Sulphur Springs, who died in a fiery collision on the Indian Nation Turnpike Friday afternoon, will hold visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Oklahoma state troopers say Cameron was stopped behind a sport utility vehicle at the tollbooth on the Indian Nation Turnpike when his motoryccycle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer driven by 70-year-old Richard Sears of Waltersboro, S.C.

The impact caused the motorycle to hit the SUV, which was pushed into a ditch, while the tractor-trailer continued for about 76 feet with the motorcycle underneath it. The motorcycle's fuel tank ruptured, resulting in a fire.

Cameron wasn't wearing a helmet, but that is not believed to have been a factor in his death. He was waiting in line to pay the toll when his motorcycle was rear-ended.

Truck driver Richard Sears, 70, of Waltersboro, S.C., was taken to Pushmataha Hospital with head and arm injuries, troopers said. The SUV driver was uninjured.

Jamie Young, Cameron's daughter, said her father had 20-plus years of experience on two wheels and was a devoted Harley fan who wouldn't ride any other brand.

Young also said the truck that ran into her father's bike continued through the toll lane without hitting causing any other damage to the tollbooth.

"It's fortunate that only one person died, but unfortunately, it was our father," she said.

Young also said information provided Saturday to the News-Telegram about her father's death was erroneous. The News-Telegram was initally told Cameron died near Lawton, about 175 miles west of Antlers. Police in Lawton and at the city's newspaper gave the News-Telegram information that a man, believed to be Cameron, died while trying to learn to ride a motorcycle. That person was attempting a right turn when he lost control of the bike, traveled across the median, and struck a Ford Mustang in the other lane of traffic. He reportedly suffered mutliple broken bones and later died at an Oklahoma hospital.

From Staff and Wire Reports

Funeral services for a Sulphur Springs motorcyclist who died after his motorcycle was hit by a tractor-trailer while sitting at an Oklahoma tollbooth will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Davis Street Baptist Church.

The family of Larry Cameron, 47, of Sulphur Springs, who died in a fiery collision on the Indian Nation Turnpike Friday afternoon, will hold visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Oklahoma state troopers say Cameron was stopped behind a sport utility vehicle at the tollbooth on the Indian Nation Turnpike when his motoryccycle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer driven by 70-year-old Richard Sears of Waltersboro, S.C.

The impact caused the motorycle to hit the SUV, which was pushed into a ditch, while the tractor-trailer continued for about 76 feet with the motorcycle underneath it. The motorcycle's fuel tank ruptured, resulting in a fire.

Cameron wasn't wearing a helmet, but that is not believed to have been a factor in his death. He was waiting in line to pay the toll when his motorcycle was rear-ended.

Truck driver Richard Sears, 70, of Waltersboro, S.C., was taken to Pushmataha Hospital with head and arm injuries, troopers said. The SUV driver was uninjured.

Jamie Young, Cameron's daughter, said her father had 20-plus years of experience on two wheels and was a devoted Harley fan who wouldn't ride any other brand.

Young also said the truck that ran into her father's bike continued through the toll lane without hitting causing any other damage to the tollbooth.

"It's fortunate that only one person died, but unfortunately, it was our father," she said.

Young also said information provided Saturday to the News-Telegram about her father's death was erroneous. The News-Telegram was initally told Cameron died near Lawton, about 175 miles west of Antlers. Police in Lawton and at the city's newspaper gave the News-Telegram information that a man, believed to be Cameron, died while trying to learn to ride a motorcycle. That person was attempting a right turn when he lost control of the bike, traveled across the median, and struck a Ford Mustang in the other lane of traffic. He reportedly suffered mutliple broken bones and later died at an Oklahoma hospital.

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