According to a story in The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol had Zack Dunlap, 21, of Frederick, classified as the state's 610th accident fatality of the year for about six hours. But it appears Dunlap didn't cotton much to being a statistic, the story shows.
The article states that Dunlap was riding his four-wheeler with a friend around 7:30 p.m. on a recent Saturday on a road about a mile west of Davidson when the accident occurred.
According to the story, Dunlap's vehicle hit the back of his friend's four-wheeler, spun around 180 degrees, and Dunlap was thrown from his vehicle.
The patrol said that the accident left Dunlap with serious head and trunk injuries, according to the Oke.
Following the accident, officials flew Dunlap to the United Regional Healthcare System " apparently a hospital " in Wichita Falls, Texas, where doctors put him on life support.
Despite these efforts, according to the story, doctors pronounced Dunlap dead at 11:10 a.m. the following Monday.
That's when Dunlap's hand-o-God insurance policy apparently kicked in. As medical personnel removed the tubes and life support systems from him, and were about to harvest his organs for transplantation, "Dunlap reached out and touched a nurse's arm," according to the Oke.
No word about resuscitation efforts on the nurse, but OHP did a quick about-face on its death pronouncement.
"He's alive," said OHP trooper and spokeswoman Betsy Randolph, after talking to United Regional officials late that day.
The family underscored that Dunlap is far from done with this particular trip. According to the story, Dunlap was still in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition " although it beats the alternative.
"We know that everyone wants information about Zack's condition and injury," the family's statement in the story reads. "He is currently in critical condition in the ICU. The events which occurred on Monday following his accident can only be described as a miracle. The power of prayer is amazing, please don't stop."
Hard to argue with that one. Dunlap's MySpace page reportedly sports a bit of irony considering this recent situation.
Under "About Me," Dunlap wrote, according to the Oke: "Here's to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer " and another one!"
Note to Chicken-Fried News staff " change the smarty-pants comments on staff Web pages.