NPD Investigates Fatality Collision in 900 block of W. Robinson

Date of Press Release: 
Thu, 12/14/2017
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

The Norman Police Department responded to a report of a critical injury collision in the 900 block of W. Robinson Street at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday. The preliminary investigation into the collision indicates that a Mercury Marquis was traveling eastbound on Robinson Street when the driver appears to have suffered a medical episode of some type which rendered him unconscious. His vehicle went on to rear-end two eastbound vehicles, a Ford Ranger and Ford Focus, which were stopped. The Mercury Marquis then crossed the centerline and hit a westbound Dodge Ram Truck head-on. 

The driver of the Mercury Marquis has been identified as 85-year-old James Swaner of Norman. Swaner was transported by EMSSTAT to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the Ford Ranger has been identified as 64-year-old Kenneth Ford. Ford was not injured in the collision.

The driver of the Ford Focus has been identified as 23-year-old Xiao Xiao Wei. Wei was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and was later released.

The driver of the Dodge Ram Truck has been identified as 35-year-old Hector Padilla. Padilla was not injured in the collision.

Robinson Street between Flood and Berry was closed for approximately four hours while the scene was investigated. The collision remains under investigation by the NPD/OUPD Collision Investigation Reconstruction Team (CIRT).