Newkirk woman killed, Blackwell residents injured in accident near Kildare

November 27, 2021 | Featured|Headlines

NEWKIRK — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that a Newkirk woman was killed and two Blackwell residents injured in a two-vehicle accident that occurred today at 7:51 a.m. at the intersection of east Kildare Road and north Prentice Road, east of Kildare.

Troopers report that Kennisue J. Hopkins, 51, Newkirk, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet pickup north on Prentice Road when, she reportedly failed to yield at a stop sign, striking a 2016 Cadillac Escalade driven by Raegan N. Cannon, 21, Blackwell.

Troopers report that Hopkins was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Cannon was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan., where she is listed in stable condition with head, arm, leg, trunk external and trunk internal injuries.

Her passenger, Maggie Brown, 21, Blackwell, was transported by Medi-Flight to St. Francis in Tulsa where she is admitted in stable condition with head, trunk external and leg Injuries.

Troopers report that the impact of the collision caused Hopkins’ vehicle to departed the roadway to right, striking a bridge railing and a traffic sign, before coming to rest on the north side of Kildare Road and becoming fully engulfed in flames. Hopkins was pinned approximately six hours before being extricated by Newkirk Fire Department.

Troopers report the conditions of both drivers are under investigation and the cause of the accident is cited as failure to yield.

Troopers report that both Blackwell residents were using seatbelts.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Chris Vaughan K832 of the Noble/Kay County Detachment of Troop K. Assisted by Trooper Matt Stacy K889, Traffic Homicide Unit. Also assisted by Kay County Sheriff’s Office, Kildare Fire Department, Newkirk Police Department, Newkirk Fire Department/EMS and Ponca City Fire Department/EMSGo Fundme has been set up for Cannon.

Go Fundme accounts have been created.

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