|Updated: 6/10/2009 8:31 pm
||Published: 6/09/2009 6:25 pm
Two bicyclists have been killed after a driver hit them with an SUV on State Highway 51 near 165th West Avenue Tuesday afternoon around 4:00. OHP reported early Wednesday that the victims are 33-year-old Christa Voss of Owasso, who died on the scene, and 34-year-old Matthew Edmonds, of Tulsa, who was lifeflighted and pronounced dead at St. John. 40-year-old John Moore was also injured, but was treated and released.
Troopers arrested 38-year-old Tausha Borland of Sand Springs. She is being held in the Tulsa County Jail on two complaints of first degree manslaughter, which each carry a $50,000 bond.
Highway Patrol Troopers say the bicyclists were riding as a group along the highway when Borland, driving a silver Ford Explorer, inexplicably swerved off the road and hit them. Troopers say she stopped her vehicle about a quarter mile down the road after the bicyclists were struck.
OHP conducted a blood alcohol test on the driver but those results have not yet been released. The complaints listed on the Tulsa County Jail website do not include alcohol-related complaints. A check of court records shows Borland was arrested in 2007 in Sand Springs on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. In that case, she pled guilty to a lesser charge of driving while impaired and received a six month suspended sentence.
Witness Sherrie Catron describes the scene as nothing less than horrific. She and other drivers stopped to help immediately following the accident. Bicycle parts were strewn all over the road and tire marks were visible on the road, shoulder, and grass off the side of the highway.
OHP Troopers say the area is popular with Tulsa's cycling community, and say drivers must take precautions.