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OHP: Fatal crash near Durant was 'intentional strike'

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Ralph McEnnerney faces two counts of murder after what state police called a road rage incident on US 70 near Durant on July 13, 2019. (OHP Lt. Scott Hampton/KTEN) Ralph McEnnerney faces two counts of murder after what state police called a road rage incident on US 70 near Durant on July 13, 2019. (OHP Lt. Scott Hampton/KTEN)
Investigators believe road rage triggered a head-on crash that killed two people on US 70 west of Durant on July 13, 2019.  (Courtesy OHP Lt. Scott Hampton) Investigators believe road rage triggered a head-on crash that killed two people on US 70 west of Durant on July 13, 2019. (Courtesy OHP Lt. Scott Hampton)

BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. -- Kingston resident Ralph McEnnerney has been charged with two counts of murder after allegedly causing a fatal road rage-related accident in Bryan County that killed two people on Saturday evening.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said McEnnerney, 52, was not injured, but listed his condition as "drinking, ability impaired."

The three-vehicle accident happened on US 70 west of Durant. Investigators allege that McEnnerney's eastbound vehicle shoved another eastbound car left of center, resulting in a head-on crash with an oncoming vehicle.

Troopers said a passenger in each of the other cars was killed by the impact: Shelley Lynn Mayo, 46, of Caddo, Oklahoma; and Randy Kinyon, 47, of Henderson, Texas.

Four other people in the two cars were injured.

"There was information from people that weren't involved in the collision that had seen what was going on prior to the crash that led us to believe that there had been two vehicles having some sort of disagreement as they drove down the highway," said OHP Homicide Unit investigator Capt. Ronnie Hampton.

McEnnerney fled the crash site, but was followed by witnesses and found trying to fix a flat tire on the US 70 bypass. He was arrested by Durant police. 

"We're all going to make mistakes, accidental mistakes; this wasn't an accidental mistake," Hampton said.  "This person intentionally rammed the side of that vehicle. I don't know he expected the outcome was. All the information that have right now is an intentional vehicle strike."

Anyone who witnessed the accident on US 70 around 5 p.m. Saturday is asked to contact Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop E Headquarters at 580-924-2601.

KTEN reporters Amelia Mugavero and Baylee Bates contributed to this story.

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