Troopers say an elderly Claremore woman was killed and three Oologah teen were injured, one seriously, in a three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Oklahoma 88.
Doris Starr, 76, of Claremore, was pronounced dead at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa several hours after the 3:56 p.m. crash 4/10 of a mile north of the highway’s intersection with E. 470 Rd.
Trooper Russell Cissne gave this account:
A 2011 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Nathan Hammack, 17, of Oologah, was northbound on Highway 88. He stopped to make a left turn into a private driveway.
A 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Kierstin Stapleton, 17, of Oologah struck the back of Hammack’s vehicle, propelling it into the oncoming lane of traffic.
It was struck head-on by a Starr’s southbound 2004 Lexus.
Starr, who was alone in the vehicle, was pinned for about 20 minutes and freed by Northwest Rogers County firefighters. She was transported by Life Flight to St. John, where she was pronounced dead from massive injuries.
Hammack was taken by Pafford EMS to St. Francis Medical Center in Tulsa in stable condition with head, trunk internal and arm injuries, troopers said.
Mariah Sumter, 17, of Oologah, was a passenger in Stapleton’s vehicle. Both Stapleton and Sumter declined treatment at the scene for what the trooper described as minor injuries.
All drivers were in “normal” condition prior to the crash, all occupants were using their seatbelts, and the airbags in all three vehicles deployed, the OHP report said.
Cissne’s report listed the cause of the wreck as a driver being distracted by a passenger.
Trooper Cissne was assisted by Major Mike Mize, Lt. Vern Wilson, Lt. Derek Burton, Trooper Andy Floyd and Trooper Steve Eason all of the OHP’s Troop B Tulsa detachment. Rogers County Sheriff’s officers also assisted.
Traffic was snarled for hours by the wreck, medical helicopter landing and takeoff, investigation, and cleanup.