Tahlequah Daily Press


April 5, 2010

Alcohol involved in head-on crash

TAHLEQUAH — Drivers of two vehicles involved in a head-on crash Friday were taken to Tulsa hospitals for further treatment of their injuries.

A third person involved in the crash, Prudence Gonzales, was expected to be treated for her injuries at Tahlequah City Hospital.

Robert Jones, the investigating officer, said Richard Lee Smith, of Alvin, Texas, and Paul Cooksey Jr., 45, were initially treated at TCH, but were expected to be moved to Tulsa later Friday.

Smith has been cited for DUI and driving left of center.

Jones said Smith and Gonzales were northbound on Muskogee Avenue near Yates Auto Mall when their 2000 Dodge pickup crossed into the southbound lanes and hit Cooksey’s 2007 Suzuki sport utility vehicle head-on.

Smith suffered head injuries. Jones said Cooksey suffered several broken bones in the crash.

Several officers diverted traffic on each side of the site, while others worked the crash.

The incident was reported at 11:44 a.m. Traffic is usually heavy through the area at that time, and northbound traffic was diverted through Park Hill.

Tahlequah firefighters were called, and helped free both drivers from their vehicles.

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