Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Local News

March 7, 2013

Tragic wreck claims toddler

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Tragedy struck when a Stratford toddler was killed in a three-vehicle accident in neighboring Pontotoc County.

Pronounced dead after the Tuesday night accident was 22-month-old Reagan Mitchell.

Mitchell was a passenger in one of three vehicles involved in an accident a few miles west of Ada.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

What is known is Mitchell was riding in a 2011 Jeep driven by her mother, Whitney Griffith, 23, also of Stratford.

An OHP report shows the Jeep and a second vehicle, a 2009 Honda driven by Sara Woods, 28, of Ada, were traveling westbound on state Highway 19.

At a site about 8 miles west of Ada the Honda slowed and came to a stop in an attempt to make a left turn.

Troopers reported the vehicle was stopped while yielding to an oncoming tractor truck that was traveling eastbound on the same highway.

For an unknown reason the Jeep did not stop and struck the Honda from behind at a listed time of 5:04 p.m. March 5 , according to the report released late Tuesday night.

With the collision the Jeep then overturned right into the path of the approaching truck.

The young Mitchell was taken by ambulance to Valley View Hospital in Ada, where she was pronounced death.

Griffith was taken to the same hospital and admitted in stable condition with trunk internal injuries.

Investigating troopers reported Mitchell was in a car seat at the time of the tragic accident, while all others were wearing seat belts.

Woods was treated and released from the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center after being taken by person vehicle.

Also treated and released but from Valley View Hospital was Patrick Sanders, 35, of Tuskahoma, who was the driver of the tractor truck. He was transported by Valley View E.M.S.

OHP Trooper Tyler Jack of the Pontotoc County Detachment was assisted at the wreck site by Pontotoc County deputies and Ada and Pickett firefighters.

Text Only
Local News
  • Search on for new 911 boss

    The search for a replacement is now on after it was announced the coordinator of Garvin County’s 911 center is stepping down.

    July 24, 2014

  • Stratford Peach Festival 2014 PeachFest draws big crowd

    Unseasonably comfortable weather, a day full of family fun and one of the best fruit crops in recent years. Mix that together and you have one of the best-attended Stratford Peach Festival’s on record.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • ‘Evening in the Valley’ set

    It might still be summer but some in Pauls Valley already have an eye on a new school year right around the corner.

    July 23, 2014

  • PV City meetings set for 6 tonight

    The Pauls Valley City Council, PV Hospital Authority and Municipal Authority have set their meetings at city hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • DHS Caregiver Awards Love of client pales next to awards

    On any given day one can find a good story about caregivers going the extra mile to meet the needs of acutely disabled individuals.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brain Tumor Fundraiser Life battle leads to higher calling

    A Pauls Valley woman’s battle with a brain tumor has led her to what could turn out to be a higher calling.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Na na na na na na na BAT KID Big birthday salute to Batman

    The Dark Knight, better known as the superhero Batman, will soon get a special salute in Pauls Valley for his birthday.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • PVGH ready to dive into community interaction

    The biggest developments at Pauls Valley General Hospital continue to be the big moves and purchases necessary to bring the facility up to date.

    July 18, 2014

  • Walnut Street and Joy Avenue Wreck Walnut Street and Joy Avenue Wreck


    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Food pantry move a big step

    The idea of soon having a place of their own is still like a dream for a group of volunteers fueling the good works of a longtime Pauls Valley food pantry.

    July 17, 2014

Business Marquee

  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.





    e-mail request to

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return