Two Edmond college students in the prime of their lives lost their lives four days apart this month due to drunken drivers.
John Hamm in a letter to state Sen. Clark Jolley, stated that his son Ryan T. Hamm, 21, was killed Aug. 10 two miles north of Asher.
Nineteen-year-old Jordan DeShazer was killed following a fatality collision that occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the intersection of Waterloo and Broadway, according to Edmond Police.
“Ryan was returning from our home in Spring, Texas, to Edmond, Okla., to start his senior year at University of Central Oklahoma,” John Hamm said. “A 2003 Chevy Silverado, operated by Johnny L. Morton III of Chandler, crossed the centerline of the highway and struck my son head-on. Mr. Morton was intoxicated and will be charged upon completion of an ongoing investigation.”
Morton has two prior DUI arrests, among other charges on his record, John Hamm said.
“He was required to use an interlocking device, however, he recently purchased the 2003 Chevy Silverado and had not installed the device,” Hamm said.
John Hamm said he has been in contact with Richard Smothermon, District Attorney of Pottawatomie County and has full trust and faith that justice will be served.
“Ryan Hamm was a good citizen of Oklahoma,” his father said. “He worked at the YMCA of Edmond as a lifeguard and swim instructor for children. He attended Wednesday night Bible study via Henderson Hills Baptist Church. He had a steady girlfriend of nine months, who is a resident of Shawnee.”
Ryan had been an Edmond resident for two years, ever since his father accepted a position with Devon Energy. John and Shannon Hamm have three other boys.
“During my residence, I served on the Edmond City Tax Advisory Committee. We recently moved back to Spring, where I now work at Texas Children’s Hospital,” he said.
Ryan T. Hamm died at the scene, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. His vehicle was struck head-on by a pickup, the OHP reported.
Morton, 25, of Chandler, crossed the center line and struck Hamm. Morton’s pickup rolled and caught fire, the OHP reported. The OHP states Morton was driving under the influence and intoxicated.
Morton suffered a head injury and was admitted in serious condition at OU Medical Center in downtown Oklahoma City, the OHP reported. His condition has since improved.
The OHP investigation into the death of Ryan Hamm is ongoing.
Edmond Police spokeswoman Jenny Wagnon said Shuler Jones, 22, was the driver who hit DeShazer head-on.
Wagnon noted that Jones was northbound on Broadway and fell asleep; at which time his vehicle began traveling north in the southbound lanes.
“He then collided with Jordan DeShazer head-on,” she said. “Alcohol appears to be involved. We are waiting for toxicology to come back before determining that aspect. The investigation is ongoing.”
The investigation remained ongoing on Friday.
DeShazer played softball at Edmond Memorial High School and was a current student at the University of Central Oklahoma.