Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Three Killed in Two-vehicle Crash Monday


A two-vehicle crash on State Highway 82, between Lake Tenkiller and Blackgum killed three people, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported.

The crash occurred at about 4:15 p.m. Monday, the OHP reported. 

The OHP reported Kathleen L. Zuniga, 42, was driving a 2003 Chrysler van south when she lost control, slid across the center line and hit a 2005 Ford pickup driven by Russell D. Hutchins, 86, of Tahlequah. 

Zuniga was killed in the crash, along with a passenger in the van, Jose Felipe Jimenes Morales. A passenger in the pickup truck, Caroline S. Hutchins, 74, of Tahlequah was transported to Northeast Health Systems in Tahlequah where she was later pronounced dead.

Russell D. Hutchins was transported to W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah where he was admitted in stable condition.

Another passenger in the van, Ebaristo Mata, 20, of Porum was transported to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa where he is listed in critical condition.

The OHP reported the crash is under investigation but that the condition of both drivers was apparently normal.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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