Zachary Adams


A Terlton man died after a suspected drunken driver struck his motorcycle on a Pawnee County road Wednesday afternoon, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

James McGovern, 65, was riding a 2015 Harley Davidson north on Airport Road just north of U.S. 412 near Terlton when the crash occurred about 2:20 p.m., an OHP report says.

A 2005 Ford Taurus — driven by Zachary Adams, 30, of Terlton — was heading south at a high rate of speed when the car went off the right side of the roadway, according to the report. Troopers say Adams overcorrected while coming back onto the road and crashed into the motorcycle.

McGovern, who was wearing a helmet, was flown to a Tulsa hospital, where he died from his injuries. Adams was not injured.

The report states Adams appeared to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.

Adams was arrested and booked into the Pawnee County Jail on complaints of transporting open alcoholic containers, causing a crash involving great bodily injury, driving with a suspended license and other traffic-related violations.

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