Woman dies after driving off Creek Turnpike, then crashing into home

JENKS, Okla. — A woman died Thursday after driving off the Creek Turnpike and crashing into a Jenks home, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Troopers said Mckenzie Gee, 29, of Sapulpa, OK was driving west on the Creek Turnpike, just west of US 75 in Jenks when she left the road and drove through a turnpike fence and kept going until she hit a house.

Her mother, Janet Gee, told FOX23 her daughter was a young woman with a fabulous mind. Janet said Mckenzie suffered a very serious burn injury in May, and she had been released to return to work in October.

Now, she is grappling at the news of her daughter’s death.

The house in the Southern Reserves Neighborhood had four people home at the time and it caught fire, troopers said.

Troopers said the residents were able to make it out of the home safely.

Gee was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, troopers said.

Neighbor Christian Flowers said police officers came knocking to let him know that the house next door was on fire.

“I just heard a loud boom and about a minute or so later there’s a couple cops knocking at our door telling us our next-door neighbor’s house is on fire,” Flowers said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

One neighbor, Kristopher Hunt, told FOX2 it’s a miracle no one else was killed in the crash.

“It’s way too young to not be here anymore,” Hunt said. “To have the period of your life put before you’re [30-years-old].”

The lack of a more secure barrier behind the homes that line the Creek Turnpike also had Hunt asking questions.

“They need to do something to protect these people, to protect these houses, not just my house. Everybody, all of these houses along here,” he told FOX23.

FOX23 reached out to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) Friday afternoon, and OTA sent the following response:

“We are sorry to hear about the tragic loss of life in last night’s crash on the Creek Turnpike. Once completed, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s report will allow us insight into the cause of the crash. With that information, we can better assess the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted.

It is not unusual for someone living near a turnpike or highway to ask about barriers for their area. We take each conversation seriously. The OHP report on last night’s accident plus other traffic and engineering data will help us determine how to proceed.”

A member of the Southern Reserve Neighborhood’s Homeowner Association said they have been asking OTA for a more secure barrier to separate the homes for two years.

A GoFundMe is set up to help the family who lost their home.