Witnesses Claim Driver In Fatal OKC Auto-Ped Was Racing


Tuesday, June 7th 2016, 10:09 pm
By: News 9


New details emerged about a crash that killed a woman trying to cross the street in northwest Oklahoma City. 

On April 22, witnesses said two drivers made a reckless decision right before a deadly crash near NW 25 and Pennsylvania Avenue.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday, witnesses said the driver of a white Mercedes convertible was “engaged in a speed contest with an unknown subject on a motorcycle.”

“It was reported that witnesses did hear them at the intersection before the light had turned green that they were revving up their engines next to each other,” Oklahoma City police Sgt. Ashley Peters said.

Court documents said the speed limit in that area is 40 mph, but Nathaniel Pagan's car was going 60 mph on Pennsylvania Avenue when a woman tried to cross the street near the Buy for Less.

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The probable cause affidavit also said Pagan "attempted to brake and swerve his vehicle just prior to striking" the victim. But 32-year-old Arlene Mathews was "drawn under the vehicle, then dragged and rolled approximately 109 feet.”

Police said she died at the scene.

“The other involved vehicle which was a black motorcycle – it continued northbound without staying at the scene. However, the driver of the white Mercedes that collided with the initial victim remained at the scene,” Peters said.

In the court documents filed this week, authorities requested a warrant for Pagan be issued, citing negligent homicide and reckless driving.

And online court records showed Judge Bill Graves issued an arrest warrant for Pagan on Monday.

As for the motorcyclist witnesses claimed was also racing, court documents state the person has not been identified.