OKMULGEE — An Okmulgee teenager died Wednesday after the car she was riding in crashed into a tree while being chased by a sheriff’s deputy, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Kylie Barnett, 15, died about 3:30 a.m. The driver, Jonathan Deere, 16, lost control and crashed at Old U.S. 75 and Celia Berryhill Road, troopers said. The car struck a tree and caught fire. Okmulgee County sheriff’s deputy Tyson Fuqua, who was pursuing the car at a high rate of speed, was able to rescue Deere and passenger Breanna White, 14, both of Okmulgee, from the flames. Barnett was pinned inside the car and died at the scene, the patrol reported. No one in the car was wearing a seat belt, troopers said. Deere and White were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. On Thursday evening, Deere was listed in critical condition and White was listed in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. The chase began when Fuqua saw the driver commit a traffic infraction and tried to pull him over, according to an Okmulgee County sheriff’s news release. Barnett was a sophomore at Okmulgee High School. Deere and White are freshmen. "We’re saddened by the loss of one of our students and our thoughts go out to her family,” said Paul McGee, superintendent of Okmulgee Public Schools. "We’re also saddened by the injuries to our other students. "We feel the pain, not physically, but we think of ourselves as a family so we feel the pain of all concerned.” Okmulgee County District Attorney Tom Giulioli said his office is aware of the incident, but written reports have not been completed or submitted to prosecutors. He said Deere could face criminal charges in connection with the incident.
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