A fatal accident happened Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14 in Jackson County. According to reports, two Altus teens and one Navajo teen were pronounced dead at the scene from massive internal injuries in the rural county road accident.
Kyle James Daniel Miller, 18, of Altus, was driving a 1994 Honda Accord south on County Road 210 when, for an unknown reason, left the road to the right and hit a culvert.
Funeral services for Miller will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18 at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home of Altus. The family will greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
There were two passengers in the car, Ethan Allen Powers, 17, of Altus, and Adam Robert Wootton, 15, of the Navajo Community.
Funeral services for Powers have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Kincannon Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Funeral services for Wootton will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 18 at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation to follow under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home and Crematory.
Reports state that three were freed by the Altus Fire and Rescue using the Jaws of Life and the Hurst tool. Seat belts were equipped and in use by all occupants and airbags were equipped and deployed.
Fellow students and teachers of the three teens, along with the entire Altus and Navajo communities, are devastated by this tragedy. Many acts of compassion, sympathy and donations have been made. These include fundraisers, Fund Me accounts and memorials. On Monday, Sunrise Cafe donated 10 percent of their sales to the families, and Applebee’s, along with Miller Landscaping, is planning an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. The $7 pancake breakfast includes juice and coffee. Applebee’s manager Lisa Howard said that all of the money raised from this event will be split between the three families.
Altus High School Swim Coach Linda Wiginton said of the tragedy, “We are one team – one family. We have lost an important member of our swimming family. Our hearts are broken not only for our loss of Ethan, but also for the other families and their losses of Kyle and Adam. We know many people are praying across the state for Altus and Navajo. All prayers are greatly appreciated.”
See full obituaries for Miller, Powers and Wootton inside today’s edition or online at altustimes.com.
The accident is still under investigation by Trooper Jimmy Wallace #734 of the Jackson County detachment of Troop M. Wallace was assisted at the scene by LT George Dickerson #144 of Troop M, Trooper Ryan Hayes #282 of the Jackson Country detachment of Troop M, Trooper Scott Hazle, of the Kiowa County detachment of Troop M, Shane Newell #408, of the Greer County detachment of Troop M, Trooper Lane Gossen #805, of the Kiowa County detachment of Troop M, Trooper Josh Tinsley #682, of the Jackson County detachment of Troop M, Trooper Jeff Fielder #723, of the Jackson County detachment of Troop M, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County EMS, and the Altus Fire Department.
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