Weekend crashes leave 3 injured

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

A pair of traffic accidents with personal injuries occurred on Osage County roadways last weekend, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Drivers of two vehicles involved in a head-on crash Friday evening southwest of Avant were hospitalized — one in serious and the other in critical condition, the OHP reported. The mishap occurred at 6:09 p.m. on County Road 2230 (Birch Lake Road), about 3/10 of a mile west of Alice Drive and 3 miles from Avant.

According to the OHP, a 1989 Jeep vehicle operated by 28-year-old William Jenkins of Skiatook was westbound on the county road when the driver “became distracted by something inside (the) vehicle.”

The Jeep reportedly went left of center and struck an eastbound 1991 Honda driven by 19-year-old Tulsan Alexander Zalotsky.

Jenkins was pinned in the wreckage for an hour and Zalotsky for approximately 30 minutes, the OHP said. Both drivers were extricated by emergency responders from the Skiatook Fire Department, according to the report.

After being transported by Country Corner EMS to Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Jenkins was admitted in serious condition with head, arm, leg and trunk external injuries, the report said.

OHP reported that Zalotsky was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Tulsa’s Saint John Medical Center, where he was admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg and trunk injuries.

Seat belts were in use in both of the vehicles, the highway patrol said. The condition of the Jeep’s driver is reportedly “still under investigation,” the cause of the collision was listed as “inattention,” the report added.

The second accident involved one vehicle — a motorcycle — and occurred early Sunday afternoon a little over 2 miles south of Shidler. It resulted in a Ponca City man being transported — via air ambulance — to a Tulsa hospital, the OHP said. According to the report, the mishap took place right around 1 p.m. on State Highway 18, approximately 1/5 of a mile south of Osage County Road 4250.

A 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan operated by 54-year-old Scott Hampton was northbound attempting to negotiate a curve when it departed the roadway on the right, went into a ditch and struck a telephone pole, the OHP said. Hampton was transported by helicopter to Tulsa’s Saint John Medical Center where he was admitted in stable condition with head, leg and internal trunk injuries, the report added.

No protective helmet was in use at the time of the accident, the OHP reported. The cause of the collision is listed on the report as “speed on a curve.”