OHP releases names of those involved in construction accident

March 25, 2024 | Featured|Headlines

KAY COUNTY — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in today’s fatality accident involving in a construction crews.

Troopers report that the 2014 Dodge Avenger was driven by a 17-year-old from Windom, Minnesota. His name has not been released. There were three passengers in the vehicle. Leodan Perez, 18, Mountain Lake, Minn; A 17-year-old from Sioux Center, Iowa and a 17-year-old from Windom Minn. All are identified as male.

The victims are Jacob Matuszczak, 19, Wichita, Kan. who was killed at the scene from head, arm, leg and trunk injuries.

Alexis Batres, 19, Wichita, Kan., was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, and admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg, and trunk injuries.

Wayne Thomas, 62, Wichita, Kan., was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center where he was treated and released with leg injuries.

Troopers report that the matter is under investigation.

Investigated by Trooper Stacy #889 of the Traffic Homicide Unit. Assisted by CPT Reynolds #58 of Troop K, LT Ledbetter #138 of the Traffic Homicide Unit, Lt Terrell #87 of Troop K, Trooper Regnier #219 of Troop K, Trooper Brown #308 of Troop K, Trooper Burch #596 of Troop J, Kay County Sheriffs Office, Tonkawa Fire and EMS, Blackwell Fire and EMS, AirEvac, and Mediflight.


KAY COUNTY — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is calling today’s deadly accident in a construction zone, another reminder to drivers to stay alert in construction zones.

Just after a 8 a.m. a vehicle traveling southbound on I-35 with four occupants departed the road and struck three employees of Wildcat Construction, who were working on the bridge embankment, off the roadway, at mile marker 217 on southbound I-35 two miles north of Tonkawa. 

Troopers report that it appears the driver fell asleep.

The driver is cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the OHP traffic homicide unit. The final report will be presented to Kay County District Attorney Brian Hermanson.


Construction crew hit by vehicle on I-35

TONKAWA – First responders are at the scene of an accident outside Tonkawa on I-35.

Initial reports indicate that a vehicle has hit a construction crew. At least one fatality is being reported and two others airlifted from the scene. Oklahoma Highway Patrol public information officer Sara Stewart said that the workers were outside of a vehicle when they were hit.

Sheriff Steve Kelley said he had at least four deputies respond to the scene to help with traffic control as two medical choppers responded.

The southbound lanes at mile markers 217 and 218 were closed at 8:18 a.m. following the accident and are expected to be closed for an undetermined amount of time. This would be the area near the Tonkawa Casino. OHP is working the scene and more information will be released when available.