Oklahoma Mother Dies Nearly 2 Weeks After Head-On Crash In Cleveland County

Tuesday, April 13th 2021, 10:05 pm


An Oklahoma mother died from her injures nearly two weeks after a serious crash involving a suspected drunk driver.

First responders were called just after 8:30 p.m. March 26 to the intersection of US-77 and 60th Street near Slaughterville.

Kelli Kinman, 35, her husband and two young children were traveling northbound on Highway 77 when a truck crossed the center line and hit their vehicle head-on, investigators said.

Kinman died April 8.

The suspected drunk driver of the truck, Bruce Underwood, 47, of Lexington, died on March 31 after being seriously hurt.

Kinman attended Noble’s Assembly of God Church over two decades. Friends said Kinman was an outstanding mother to her 4 and 6-year-old children.

“She was very active in her children’s lives,” said Senior Pastor Steve Lance at Noble Assembly of God Church. “She was very active in people’s lives. She was a people person. She never met a stranger.”

Troopers said both Kinman and her husband, Justin, were pinned inside their vehicle for nearly two hours.

“I know Kelli is in a better place I know she loved the Lord, she’s in heaven,” said Lance. “But these little girls (are what) concerns me. Dad is there, yes, (but) they need their momma, and she is not going to be there.”

So far this year, troopers said they’ve responded to four crashes at the Highway 77 and 60th Street intersection. One fatality was reported in 2018.

The Cleveland County Sheriff Office has shifted their patrols in the area and added speed trailers after responding to 15 crashes in the last 60 days.

“Thank you for being such a blessing in the 35 years that you lived on this earth,” said Lance. “Thank you for being faithful to god, to the church, thank you for being a good friend.”

A celebration of life for Kinman is scheduled at the Noble Assembly of God Church Thursday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help family.