Wyandotte Teen Dies In 3-Car Collision Blamed On DUI Driver

Saturday, August 21st 2010, 8:47 am
By: News On 6


OTTAWA COUNTY, Oklahoma -- A Wyandotte teen was killed Friday evening in a three-car collision troopers say was caused by a DUI driver. 

Sara Dietz, 15, died in a wreck that took place at 6:55 p.m. on State Highway 10 about four miles east of Miami in Ottawa County.

According to a report by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Sara Dietz was a passenger in a Chevy Cavalier driven by 18-year-old Misty Dietz, also of Wyandotte. Misty Dietz was westbound on State Highway 10 when her vehicle was overtaken by a Chevy Impala driven by Patrick Hughes, 40, of Miami, Oklahoma.

Hughes' vehicle attempted to pass the Cavalier, saw an approaching eastbound SUV and pulled back into the westbound lane, striking Dietz's car. The Cavalier then crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the SUV head on.

Sara Dietz was pronounced dead at the scene of massive injuries. Misty Dietz was transported by medical helicopter to a Joplin, Missouri hospital in fair condition with head, arm and leg injuries.

The driver of the eastbound SUV, 59-year-old Cathy Spencer of Wyandotte, was admitted to a Miami, Oklahoma hospital in fair condition with internal injuries.

Hughes, the driver of the vehicle that attempted to pass, was treated and released for head injuries. One of his two passengers, 40-year-old Stacie Kolb of Miami, was admitted to a Joplin hospital in fair condition with head, external and internal injuries. Another passenger, 31-year-old Miami resident Kevin Turner, refused treatment at the scene.

The trooper's report states that Hughes was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck.

Everyone in all three cars was wearing a seat belt, according to the report.