Tuttle Wife Recalls Night Husband Was Intentionally Run Over By Truck
TUTTLE, Oklahoma - A Tuttle man was intentionally run down by a truck and investigators say the driver was high on K-2, a synthetic drug outlawed in Oklahoma. And on Wednesday night, the wife of the victim talked to News 9 about the horrific scene she witnessed.
The Kasardas were enjoying an evening at their home in Tuttle on Tuesday night when they say a family acquaintance showed up high on synthetic drugs.
"My husband went to the driveway and told him he needed to leave," Tammy Kasardas said, that's when 19-year-old Denton McDaniels revved up his truck and barreled toward her husband, Patrick.
Tammy witnessed the entire incident.
"I saw my husband in the hood of the pickup and then the windshield of the pickup."
Kasardas says McDaniels sped off through their backyard, crashed into a utility box and never stopped. Her husband was left unconscious in their driveway until paramedics arrived.
"I absolutely thought I was going to lose him."
Investigators arrested McDaniel not long after the hit-and-run in southwest Oklahoma City. The investigators say the teenager appeared to be high on the synthetic drug K2.
Grady County Prosecutor James Walters explains K2 is extremely dangerous when consumed and, although the drugs are illegal, it is still readily available and often resulting in tragedies. Walters says the Grady County District Attorney's Drug Task Force is dedicated to shutting down stores selling the synthetic drugs
"You just never know what kind of reaction you are going to get out of it [K2] so it puts very dangerous individuals on the streets," said Walters.
For Kasardas, the threat showed up at her home.
"I want people to be aware that this stuff is out there so somebody else doesn't have to go through that."
Kasardas says McDaniels previously admitted to her family that he had an addiction to synthetic drugs; a drug that changed the course of life for the abuser and the victim.
"In an instant our lives changed."
Kasardas is at OU Medical Center recovering from a broken wrist, ribs, tailbone and internal injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery. The Kasardas say they are thankful for all of the support from their community and the staff at OU Medical Center.
As for McDaniels, he is being held in the Grady County Jail for assault and battery with a deadly weapon and could face several charges.