Driver Dies in Monday's Floodwaters
Staff and Wire Reports
LAWTON, Oklahoma – Authorities say a man has drowned after driving into rapidly moving floodwaters in Lawton.
Comanche County Emergency Management Director Chris Killmer confirmed Tuesday morning that the man's car stalled as strong thunderstorms moved through southwestern Oklahoma Monday night. He says the man was swept away by floodwaters when he got out to push his car.
Lawton Police Chief Rick Smith identified the man as 50-year-old Miguel Lopez. Smith says Lopez's body was found lodged on a bridge that runs over a canal.
Lopez's death is the first associated with record-busting rainfall that deluged much of Oklahoma Monday.
The Oklahoma Department of Health reported at least 136 injuries, but none requiring hospitalizations. EMSA, however reported a number of people were hospitalized from flood-related injuries.