VINITA- A Craig County man was the first Oklahoman to die in a car accident for 2009, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Sunday.

John Wickham, 80, Vinita, died after his car collided head-on with a van Saturday around 3 p.m. on State Highway 66, about six miles west of Vinita.

According to the patrol, Wickham attempted to pass another vehicle and crashed into the vehicle driven by Steven Campbell, 43, of Webb City, Mo.

Campbell was not injured, according to a patrol.