Neighbors Describe Fatal Crash Into Jenks Home That Started House Fire


Friday, November 18th 2022, 4:37 pm



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A home in Jenks is destroyed after a woman veered off the Creek turnpike and into a home near 33rd West Avenue, sparking a fire.

Related Story: Woman Dies After Crashing Truck Into Jenks Home, Sparking Fire

Neighbors said it's their worst nightmare but are thankful the people inside the home weren't hurt. Troopers said the driver died after her pickup burst through a fence and straight into the home. Thankfully, the family members inside got out before it caught on fire.

“The car ripped through here and crashed into the neighbor's house."

Kris lives right next to the Creek Turnpike. From Osage Sky News 6, the video shows how the driver veered off the turnpike, through the fence in Kris’s backyard, and straight into the home, sparking a fire that destroyed it.

“It was like a three-ring circus," he said. "There are fire trucks and all kinds of stuff and the truck was inside of there.”

Kris has four young kids and couldn’t believe something like this happened so close to home.

“When I heard my wife, I was just thinking about my kids-- God are they okay, what’s going on," Kris said.

Jeff Erickson who lives across the street said neighbors all rushed in to help comfort the family who escaped the burned home.

“Half the neighborhood was here, they were bringing clothing supplies, anything needed," Erickson said. "There was a guy that said, I have a house ready to go if they need it.”

Troopers said 29-year-old Mckenzie Gee from Sapulpa was driving the car. Neighbors said they were told Gee may have suffered some sort of medical episode. Mckenzie's boyfriend said was a passionate person who always helped others. She was a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer and loved seeing people succeed and supporting others.

Neighbors said they want to see a barrier along the turnpike, so this never happens again.

“Something to protect the families here," said Kris.

A GoFundMe has been created for the family whose home was destroyed in the fire. To donate, click here.

STATEMENT FROM OKLAHOMA TURNPIKE AUTHORITY:

We are sorry to hear about the tragic loss of life in last night’s crash on the Creek Turnpike. Once completed, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s report will allow us insight into the cause of the crash. With that information, we can better assess the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted.
It is not unusual for someone living near a turnpike or highway to ask about barriers for their area. We take each conversation seriously. The OHP report on last night’s accident plus other traffic and engineering data will help us determine how to proceed.
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