The snowstorm that blew more than seven inches of snow into the local area on Christmas Eve claimed at least one life in Grady County.

Giovannia Mora, 23, of Oklahoma City was killed Christmas Day at about 2:20 p.m. in a one-car rollover on a slick stretch of U.S. 81, four miles north of Rush Springs. Mora was a passenger in an SUV driven by Luis A. Navas, 23, of Lawton.

Troopers said the 2004 Nissan driven by Navas started to slide on the snow-coverd highway and rolled over once, ejecting both men from the vehicle. An OHP report said Mora died from multiple head, body and leg injuries. Navas was airlifted to Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in critical condition with head and external body injuries.

A second passenger, Shae Romano, 24, of Lawton was not injured. She was wearing a seatbelt, troopers reported.

The highway was closed for about an hour and a half before it was cleared for traffic.

Troopers investigating the accident were Rusty Russell, Daniel Moreno and Kevin Sparkman. The Grady County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the accident.

Meanwhile, as residents spent the weekend digging out and venturing out for some fun activities, Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews continued to clear snow and ice in eastern and central parts of the state following the major winter storm. Major improvements in driving conditions throughout the state were reported. I-44 between Chickasha and Newcastle was clear Sunday as were most major streets in Chickasha. Some of the less-travel residential street still were covered with ice and snow on Sunday.

With below freezing temperatures expected over night, melting snow cleared to the side of roadways will turn to ice. Black ice, which looks wet but is actually frozen, will continue to be a problem in some areas.

Motorists who were forced to abandon their autos should contact law enforcement with any questions relating to vehicle recovery.

During snow and/or ice conditions, motorists are asked to:

• Be aware that conditions are continually changing; drive cautiously and for the conditions on the roadway.

• Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.

• Allow extra space between vehicles, so there is adequate distance for braking in wet and icy conditions.

• Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.

• Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway, but is actually a thin layer of ice.

• Please be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations.

A slight chance of more snow remains in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday in central Oklahoma.

To check current road conditions, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.

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