WYANDOTTE Ė Troopers said an Ottawa County man driving under the influence was behind a three-car accident that claimed the life of a Wyandotte teenager, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report release Saturday.
Sara Dietz, 15, of Wyandotte, died at the scene, the patrol said.
Misty Dietz, 18, also of Wyandotte, was driving westbound on state highway 10 about four miles east of Miami around 7 p.m. when Patrick Hughes, 40, of Miami tried to pass her vehicle, the patrol said. After seeing an oncoming sports utility vehicle in the passing lane, Hughes attempted to return to the westbound lane but instead hit the Dietz vehicle and overturned, the patrol said.
The Dietz vehicle swerved into the eastbound lane, where it collided head-on with the sports utility vehicle driven by Cathy Spencer, 59, of Wyandotte.
Misty Dietz was flown by helicopter to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., where she is listed in fair condition. Spencer was transported to Integris Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami where she is listed in fair condition. Hughes was flown by helicopter to St. Johnís Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., where he was treated and released.
Kevin Turner, 31, of Miami, a passenger in the Hughes vehicle, refused treatment at the scene and a second passenger, Stacie Kolb, 40, of Miami, was flown by helicopter to St. Johnís were she remains in fair condition.
All passengers were wearing seatbelts, troopers said. The trooper's report states that Hughes was under the influence.