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Kiefer, Creek County, Oklahoma

From "The Tulsa World," Monday, May 5, 2003
Section A, Page 14

Four people died in crashes on Oklahoma roads Saturday night and Sunday morning, state troopers said.

Dead are James Driscoll, 74, of Kiefer; Linda Jean Masny, 55, of Morris; Lela Carter, 50, of Meeker; and Shaine Green, 18, of Shawnee.

Driscoll's 1998 Ford Ranger pickup failed to stop at a stop sign on Birch Road in Okmulgee County at 8:41 p.m. Saturday and went onto U.S. 75, striking a southbound 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Masny, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Driscoll's vehicle crossed the median and hit a northbound 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Nell English, 54, who was taken to Okmulgee County Hospital with leg and other injuries, troopers said.

Masny's passengers, Joseph Masny, 40, Bobby Hernandez, 17, and Stephen Hernandez, 16, were all injured and taken to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, authorities reported.

Linda Masny was pinned for about an hour, while Joseph Masny was pinned for about 20 minutes before being freed by the Okmulgee Fire Department. Carter died when the 1995 Dodge Neon in which she was riding tried to turn east into a private drive at 11:11 p.m. Saturday southbound on Oklahoma 18 in Pottawatomie County. The Dodge was hit by a northbound 1985 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Jerry Lee Close, 30, of Davenport, the Highway Patrol reported.

Shawnee resident Regina Ward, 32, the Dodge's driver, and her two other passengers, Molly Mack, 47, and Frankie Carter, 38, were injured.

Close's passenger, Christy Close, 30, of Davenport, was transported to Shawnee North Health Center. Jerry Lee Close was also transported to the health center. Frankie Carter and Lela Carter were not wearing their seat belts, state troopers said.

Green died after he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of a 1999 Isuzu Amigo at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on Oklahoma 39 in Pottawatomie County east of U.S. 177, authorities said.

Green was pinned for 2 1/2 hours before he was freed by the Asher Fire Department. Green was not wearing a seat belt.


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