2 Friends Seriously Injured In Separate Head-On Crashes Within A Month


Thursday, February 11th 2021, 10:30 pm
By: Clayton Cummins


NORMAN, Okla. -

A man involved in a head-on crash was shocked to learn a friend was seriously injured in the same way. 

Ryan Rogers was hurt when a driver hit his vehicle head on near the intersection of Highway 9 and Jenkins Road in Norman on December 28. 

“I was banged up, that’s for sure,” said Rogers. 

The crash mangled Rogers car, leaving him with numerous broken and shattered bones. He said everything happens for a reason. 

“I had about half of a second to react,” said Rogers. “I do remember taking a hard right and trying to avoid him which obviously didn’t work.” 

Rogers said a month later he saw headlines on News 9 that his good friend Michaela Powers was involved in a similar head-on crash as his in southern Pottawatomie County. 

The two even had similar injuries. 

“That happened for a reason,” said Rogers. “For me to be a support system to them because it was probably three to four weeks after mine that hers happened, so I had already went through what they currently are going through.” 

The support system, Rogers said, has helped each other through. He has a message to drivers everywhere. 

“We just have to be smart people because it’s not only you that you can affect,” said Rogers. “We can always have that checklist of, am I doing my part?” 

Rogers is back home. 

Powers continues her recovery at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital. The accused drunk driver that hit her is now facing felony charges after misdemeanor charges were initially filed.