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June 15, 2013

Tahlequah teens killed in lake-area crash

KEYS — Two Tahlequah teenagers are dead after a pickup carrying several young people crashed early this morning at the intersection of Indian Road and Pettit Bay Road.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed the single-vehicle crash occurred at 3:46 a.m. about six miles south of Tahlequah.

Those killed in the crash are Paul Blevins Jr., 19, and Michael Rogers, 14, both of Tahlequah. They had been riding in the back of the pickup, which was driven by Ray Molina, 22.

The pair were pronounced dead at the scene by Cherokee Nation EMS, of massive head and internal injuries, and were

The 2003 Ford truck was carrying two passengers in the cab and four in the bed, including the dead teens. The truck had been westbound on Pettit Bay Road and was apparently speeding when Molina ran a stop sign. The OHP said the Molina then lost control of the truck, which slid into a tree.

Another Tahlequah man, Micah Holcomb, 18, is in a Tulsa hospital in critical condition. He was in the cab but was not wearing a seat belt.

Molina, who was wearing his seat belt, is expected to be treated and released from the Tahlequah hospital. The remaining passengers – two girls and another male – escaped serious injury.

Molina's condition and the cause of the crash are under investigation.

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