Norman Police Investigate Critical Injury Collision at Porter Avenue and Franklin Road

Date of Press Release: 
Wed, 11/14/2018
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

The Norman Police Department responded to a report of a critical injury collision near the intersection of Porter Avenue and Franklin Road at approximately 7:48 p.m. Sunday. The preliminary investigation into the collision indicates that a 2008 Mercedes sedan was traveling southbound on Porter Avenue approaching Broadway Avenue when, for an unknown reason, the driver failed to negotiate a slight bend in the road and departed the roadway. The vehicle traveled a significant distance through multiple medians and struck multiple traffic control signs before continuing across Franklin Road into the parking lot of Hollywood Corners. Once in the parking lot, the vehicle struck seven unoccupied vehicles resulting in significant damage to each of them. The vehicle then continued south where it struck two dumpsters, a shed and an eighth unoccupied parked vehicle before coming to rest upside down near the store’s main building, resulting in additional damage to outdoor fixtures and fuel station-related equipment.

The driver has been identified as 38-year-old Arynn McKnight of Oklahoma City. McKnight was extricated from the vehicle by the Norman Fire Department and transported by EMSSTAT to a local hospital in critical condition. McKnight
remains hospitalized in stable condition. McKnight was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. No other persons were involved or injured during the incident.

Investigators believe excessive speed and possible impairment were contributing factors to the collision.

Portions of Porter Avenue and Franklin Road were closed to all traffic for approximately four hours. The collision is under investigation by the NPD/OUPD Collision Investigation Reconstruction Team (CIRT). 

It is important to note that this collision did not involve a police pursuit and that the driver was not a suspect of another crime despite false reports on social media.