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Man charged in fatal collision with Edmond scooter driver

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A man was charged Thursday with causing a collision that killed a 61-year-old scooter driver in Edmond.

Juan Cruces-Landeros, 30, was arrested at the scene of the wreck. About 1 p.m. April 10, his vehicle struck James Thompson on Edmond Road between Fretz Avenue and Walnut Street.

Cruces-Landeros, of Oklahoma City, was charged in Oklahoma County with a felony count of causing an accident while driving without a license and a misdemeanor count of driving without a license.

Thompson, of Edmond, was taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he was pronounced dead about 35 minutes after the collision, police said.

Cruces-Landeros told police he began to change lanes and turn left in his 1999 Chevrolet Silverado when Thompson’s moped scooter collided with his vehicle, according to a court affidavit.

Witnesses reported seeing the truck turn left and collide with the scooter. Thompson was not wearing a helmet when he was thrown from the moped.

Cruces-Landeros told officers he didn’t have a U.S. driver’s license. He provided a Mexico voter identification card with his Oklahoma City address on it.

Thompson was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired sales manager for Ozarka Water Co.

Nuria Martinez-Keel

Nuria Martinez-Keel joined The Oklahoman in 2019. She found a home at the newspaper while interning in summer 2016 and 2017. Nuria returned to The Oklahoman for a third time after working a year and a half at the Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia,... Read more ›

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