Claremore Daily Progress

September 27, 2013

Claremore woman dies following collision on Rogers County road

Tom Fink
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — A three-vehicle crash on a Rogers County road killed a Claremore woman and sent a teenager to the hospital Thursday evening.

According to the report of OHP Trooper Russell Cissne Baker, 17-year-old Kiersin Stapleton of Oologah was driving a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe northbound on SH88 shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26.

Traveling with Stapleton was an unidentified 17-year-old female passenger, also of Oologah.

Also northbound on SH88 at the same time was a 2011 Chevy Cruze, driven by 17-year-old Nathan Hammack of Oologah.

According to OHP reports, the Chevy Cruz had stopped in an attempt to make a left turn onto a private drive, but Stapleton did not observe the Chevy Cruz (to be stopped) and struck it directly from behind.

Upon impact, the Chevy Cruz was propelled across the center line into oncoming traffic, where it was struck head on by a third vehicle, a 2004 Lexus ES300, southbound on SH88, driven by 76-year-old Doris Starr of Claremore, reports indicate.

Starr was pinned in her vehicle for approximately 20 minutes before she was extracted by members of the Northwest Fire Department, using the Jaws of Life.

She was then transported by Life-Flight to St. John Hospital in Tulsa, where she was pronounced dead from massive injuries sustained in the collision.

Hammack was transported by Pafford EMS to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk internal and arm injuries.

Stapleton and her passenger refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries.

All vehicle occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, OHP reported.

OHP Trooper  Russell Cissne Baker is of Troop B Rogers County Detachment of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.