By Patti Weaver

 

  (Stillwater, Okla.)  — A teenager accused of driving the wrong way on Highway 51 in excess of 150 mph and causing the deaths of two passengers in a head-on collision at 4:15 am on Saturday, Oct. 15 has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in Payne County District Court.
    Luke Christopher House, 18, who was arrested on Oct. 20 at his Owasso residence by the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, was released from their jail the next day on $100,000 bail, a Payne County court official told KUSH.
    House has been ordered to appear in court on Nov. 7 when he can seek a preliminary hearing on the second-degree murder charges, each count of which carries a minimum 10-year prison term to a maximum of life on conviction, court records show.
    “House was the driver of a white Ford Mustang and was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of State Highway 51 (6th Avenue) towards Country Club Road,” with an 18-year-old passenger, Ryan Paul Begnaud of Austin, Texas, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, Stillwater Police Lt. Terry J. Low said in a news release.
    “The driver of a red Chevy Impala, Virginia Louise Winston, was traveling westbound in the outside westbound lane of SH 51 (6th Avenue),” with a 40-year-old passenger, Jeremi Daniel Smith of Oklahoma City, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, the news release said.
    “The Ford Mustang struck the Chevy Impala head on and the Ford Mustang continued traveling eastbound and debris from the Mustang struck an occupied parked vehicle in the parking lot at OnCue and several unoccupied vehicles in an adjacent dealership parking lot,” the news release said.
    “House was flown from the scene to Saint Francis and was released on Sunday, Oct. 16. Virginia Winston was transported to Stillwater Medical Center by LifeNet and then flown to OU Medical Center. Virginia Winston sustained injuries and remains hospitalized,” according to the news release issued on Oct. 21.
    Vehicle data showed that House was driving in excess of 150 mph, an arrest warrant affidavit by Low alleged. Toxicology conducted by trained medical professionals revealed that House was under the influence of alcohol, the affidavit alleged.
    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the case that remains under investigation by the Stillwater Police Department, the news release said.
    “The investigative process in these cases takes time, as there are multiple items of evidence to collect, many of which required separate warrants. If you have any information about this crash, please contact the Stillwater Police Department at 405-372-4171,” the news release said.