Man killed, woman injured Monday in separate crashes
By Ken Childers
One man was killed and a woman sustained injuries in two separate crashes in Okfuskee County on Monday.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), a Wetumka man, whose identity had not been released by press time, was killed in a single-vehicle collision near Weleetka. The wreck occurred just before 2 p.m. on D3870, about four-tenths of a mile south of E1170.
The victim was driving a 1992 Ford Pickup northbound when he lost control, departed the roadway to the right and struck a tree. He was pinned inside the vehicle and was freed by the Weleetka Fire Department using the Hurst tool. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Creek Nation EMS and his name was withheld in the OHP report pending notification of next of kin.
Investigators listed the cause of the accident as “unsafe speed” and the driver was not wearing at seatbelt at the time of the crash. The accident was investigated by Trooper Brian Iker #333 of the Okfuskee County detachment of Troop D with assistance from Trooper Denver Lee #461 and Trooper Ty Wallace #485.
In a separate accident that occurred at around 7 a.m. Monday, a Henryetta woman was injured when the pickup she was driving collided with an SUV on Old Highway 62, about six miles east of Okemah.
According to the OHP, Kathy McDonald, 64, Henryetta, was traveling northbound on N3830 in a 2016 Silverado pickup when a 2004 Range Rover driven by 44-year-old Jason Baughman of Bristow came into her path after failing to yield at a stop sign. Baughman was traveling westbound on Old 62 and was struck by McDonald.
Neither Baughman or his passenger, 41-year-old Martha Baughman, were injured but McDonald was transported by Creek Nation EMS to Creek Nation Hospital for head and trunk injuries. Seatbelts were in use by all parties and the airbags were deployed in McDonald’s pickup, according to the OHP report.
The accident was investigated by Trooper Denver Lee #461 of the Seminole County detachment of Troop D with assistance from the Okemah Police Department, Okfuskee County Sheriff’s Department, Creek Nation EMS, Okemah Fire Department and Creek Nation Lighthorse.