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June 16, 2013

Tahlequah teens die in crash

Two dead, five injured in collision with tree early Saturday

Two Tahlequah teen-agers were killed and five others were injured in an early morning crash in Cherokee County, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol release states.

Paul Blevins Jr., 19, and Michael Rogers, 14, were both pronounced dead at the scene Saturday, at Indian Road and Pettit Bay Road, approximately six miles south of Tahlequah. Both died of massive head and internal injuries, the report states.

Micah Holcomb, 18, of Tahlequah was in critical condition when he was admitted to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa; Haley Seal, 16, of Tahlequah was taken to EASTAR Health System in Muskogee but was transferred to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where she was stable when she was admitted with leg injuries; Christain Hooper, 22, of Tahlequah was taken by a personal vehicle to W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, where he was treated and released; Casey Kelly, 15, of Tahlequah was treated at Tahlequah City Hospital and released; and Ryan Molina, 22, of Tahlequah was taken to St. Francis, where he was treated and released, the report states.

According to the OHP report, the crash happened about 3:45 a.m. Molina was driving a 2003 Ford truck westbound on Pettit Bay Road at high speed when he failed to stop at a stop sign. The truck went into a broadslide and struck a tree, ejecting Hooper, who was a passenger inside the truck, and ejecting Kelly, Seal, Blevins and Rogers, who were riding in the bed of the truck. Another passenger, Toland Bitsilly, 23, of Newcomb, N.M., was not injured. Molina was the only person involved who was wearing a seat belt. The vehicle’s airbags did not deploy, the report states.

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