Friends, family mourn loss of 2 women in Broken Arrow turnpike crash



By John Dobberstein, Editor

The family and friends of two women killed last night in a wrong-way crash on the Creek Turnpike are mourning the loss.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help the family of 49-year-old Reyna Larios of Coweta, whose car was struck by a wrong-way motorist around 10:18 p.m. Thursday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

“Reyna was many different things to many people — wife, mother, grandmother — but she touched everyone’s life with sunshine and love,” said Skyler Burrows, the organizer of the fundraiser set up to help Reyna’s husband and sons.

Larios was on her way home from work at Tulsa Community College she the accident happened, said her daughter-in-law, Sher Stanley, in a Facebook post.

“Reyna was a beautiful soul, a mother, wife and nana,” Stanley said.

The other driver, 22-year-old Carigan Rains, was going westbound in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike when her vehicle hit Larios’ head on, OHP said. Troopers are still probing the accident and have not yet said how or where her car entered the wrong side of the highway.

Friends and family are also devastated by the loss of Rains, who worked at Afterglow Esthetics in Broken Arrow.

Her friend, Maddi Simmons, said in a Facebook post she woke up Friday to learn of Rains’ death and her heart was broken. Simmons said she would miss the way Carigan “brought undeniable joy into every room you walked in to — even on your worst days. The way we'd laugh until we physically couldn't anymore, talking about things that most people wouldn't even find funny.

“You have made such an impact on not only my life, but everyone else's who were lucky enough to know you in the short 22 years that you were here.”

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