Man killed in head-on collision, others injured

Wednesday, October 18th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) _ A 25-year-old Tulsa man was killed and seven people were injured Tuesday morning after a head-on collision that caused other accidents on a city road.

Jason Lee Tyson was sitting in the front seat of a car that crossed the center line on New Sapulpa Road and hit another vehicle head-on at around 6:50 a.m., police Capt. Kevin Diehl said.

Diehl said Zachary Auten, 18, of Tulsa apparently fell asleep while driving the car, running into an oncoming vehicle driven by Steven Rippetoe, 18, of Kiefer.

Tyson was pronounced dead at the scene, Diehl said. Auten and Rippetoe were listed in fair condition at hospitals in Tulsa.

Three adults, two of them holding small children, were sitting in the back seat of the car driven by Auten.

Tyson's brother, Albert Tyson, 16, of Tulsa, suffered internal injuries and was in serious condition at a Tulsa hospital. The 21-month-old child he was holding, Sasheen Cizek, suffered a broken leg and facial cuts, a hospital representative said. She is in fair condition, an official said.

Randee Joshua, 19, of Oklahoma City suffered several injuries and was in critical condition at a Tulsa hospital, an official said.

Randell Joshua, 18, suffered knee and facial injuries and was in good condition.

He was holding in his lap a car seat carrying 2-month-old Floyd Joshua, who was in fair condition, an official said.

A church van and a pickup were sideswiped in the accident, Diehl said. The van's driver reportedly complained of head and neck injuries but refused treatment at the scene.

Police said Auten was cited for driving left of center, having no insurance and failing to use child safety restraints.