Broken Arrow woman killed in turnpike accident


By John Dobberstein, Editor

A Broken Arrow woman was killed Wednesday night during a two-vehicle collision on the Turner Turnpike, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Betty M. Turner, 74, was pronounced dead by emergency room staff at Ascension-St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa after suffering head, trunk internal and external, arm and leg injuries.

Troopers said Turner was a passenger in a 2005 Infiniti G35 driven by 29-year-old Sarah Ready of Tulsa. OHP said Ready was driving eastbound on the Turner Turnpike shortly before 10 p.m. near Depew when she made an unsafe lane change to the inside lane and attempted to make a U-turn onto the westbound lanes.

The Infiniti was struck by an eastbound Peterbuilt tractor-trailer driven by Patrick Turner, 54, of Saint-Charles-Borromee, Ontario, Canada.

Ready was transported by Survival Flight to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and admitted in critical condition with head, trunk internal and external, arm and leg injuries.

A 32-year-old passenger in her car, Daniel J. Harvey of Henryetta, refused treatment at the hospital. Troopers said Harvey was wearing a seat belt but Ready and Turner were not and were ejected from the vehicle.

Turner’s passenger, 60-year-old Gaetan Le Boulaire of Saint-Charles-Borromee, Ontario, Canada, was not injured.

The Creek County Sheriff’s Department and Creek County EMS also responded to the scene.

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