Family Mourns Loss Of Driver Killed In I-35 Crash


Tuesday, February 9th 2021, 4:54 pm
By: Ashley Holden


PAYNE CO. -

A family is mourning the loss of 51-year-old Kelly Hillhouse. She was one of the drivers involved in Monday's early morning accident on Interstate 35 just north of Guthrie.

Hillhouse's family told News 9 she died doing what she always did, helping others.

Amber Harrison said her sister was on her way back to the Newkirk area from Oklahoma City.

“She got up in the middle of the night to take her daughter to the Children's Hospital," said Harrison.

On that icy morning Hillhouse’s car was caught in the accident along with five other vehicles, several semi-trucks and seven people.

“We had information in route that there was a possible fatality," said Guthrie Firefighter and Paramedic Donnie West.

West was one of the first on scene and said it just looked like cars had slid all over the road.

“I want to say it was my daughter that messaged me and said no one had talked to Kelly in a while," said Harrison trying to remember the moments that led up to them learning about the accident.

But Hillhouse’s family had no clue for hours that she had been involved. Harrison told News 9 Hillhouse's husband knew something was wrong when he saw law enforcement show up and his house.

Harrison said if her sister was here, she would tell her to not worry.

"She would tell me to be happy," said Harrison. "She's not in pain no more and she doesn't want us to be sad about it.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe for anyone who wants to support.

OHP is still investigating the crash.