Crash claims life of Pawhuska teen
A Pawhuska teenager was killed in a one-vehicle rollover crash late Saturday afternoon along a gravel road approximately 20 miles northwest of town.
Michael Kelly Lynn, Jr., died at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 5:45 p.m. on Osage County Road 4301, nine-tenths of a mile west of County Road 4201, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Lynn, 16, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet eastbound on CR 4301 when it went off the left side of the roadway and collided with a dirt embankment. The driver was ejected from the automobile as it rolled an undetermined number of times and he sustained injuries to the trunk and head which proved fatal , the OHP report stated.
A second local teen who was a passenger in the vehicle survived the accident. Sixteen-year-old Joseph Lynn, a cousin of the driver, was transported by Shidler EMS and Eagle Med air ambulance to Tulsa’s St. John Medical Center. The passenger was listed in good condition on his admission form at the hospital and he received treatment for trunk internal and trunk external injuries, reports said.
According to the OHP, the driver lost control of the car after it left the roadway. Neither of the teens was using a seatbelt at the time of the crash, the report stated. The cause of the accident was listed as “unsafe speed for type of roadway.” Further investigation of the mishap is pending, the report said.
Popularly known as “Mikey” Lynn, the accident victim was a sophomore at Pawhuska High School where he was a member of the varsity wrestling and cross country teams. He is the son of the high school’s longtime art instructor, Michael Lynn.
Early this week, a specially-trained “grief” counselor was made available to students at the high school.
Celebration of life services for Mikey Lynn were held at McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home in Pawhuska. There was a rosary Monday evening at Indian Camp Chapel. Services were scheduled for Tuesday morning at Indian Camp Chapel and, later, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment was to be in the Lynn Family Cemetery at Nelagoney.