Locust Grove Woman Killed, 4-Year-Old Critical After Crash

Friday, August 13th 2010, 10:36 am
By: News On 6

MAYES COUNTY, OK -- A 23-year-old Locust Grove woman died of injuries received in a two-car collision Thursday afternoon on State Highway 82 in Mayes County. A 4-year-old passenger in the same car is in critical condition.

Theresa Ann Brown died at a Tulsa hospital at about 2:40 p.m., according to a report by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Troopers say the accident happened at about 1:40 p.m. when 47-year-old Ben Oldaker, driving a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina, failed to yield while making a left turn into a private drive about three miles north of Locust Grove.

His car was struck by a 1981 Ford Mustang driven by 52-year-old Melissa Mankiller of Locust Grove.

Oldaker, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition with leg injuries. Mankiller was taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition with head, leg and trunk injuries. She was pinned in the car for about 15 minutes.

None of the occupants of Mankiller's car was wearing a seatbelt, the trooper's report states. They included Brown, a 14-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old.

Addison Bishop, the 4-year-old passenger in Mankiller's car, was transported to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition head and internal injuries. Fourteen-year-old Clinton Mankiller was treated and released for minor injuries. Two-year-old Brayden Sweeney of Peggs was treated and released for head, internal and external injuries.

According to the trooper's report, the cause of the collision was Oldaker's failure to yield while making a left turn. He was in apparently normal condition at the time of the crash.