Two dead in crash involving Cherokee County sheriff’s deputy

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Okla. — A man and a woman died, and a sheriff’s deputy was treated for minor injuries following a crash Friday night in Cherokee County, according to a report released by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 7 p.m. on North 510 Road & East 688 Road, 4.5 miles north of Tahlequah.

Driver Grace Blaylock, 22, and passenger Jared Whipple-Wilkerson, 20, both from Tahlequah died at the scene, troopers said.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputy Ryan Young was treated for minor injuries, Cherokee County Sheriff Jason Chennault said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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