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Konawa residents mourn death of 12-year-old girl

KONAWA — Residents of this small town in Seminole County continue to mourn the death of a young girl who perished last week when a sport utility vehicle, driven by a man recently charged with drunken driving, collided head-on with the school bus in which she was riding.

Rhindi Kay Isaacs, a 12-year-old Konawa Middle School softball player, died in a fiery crash Friday night when the SUV traveling north on U.S. 377 near Bowlegs crossed lanes to pass a vehicle and struck the school bus.

“We’re just really torn up,” said Doris Khoury, outside her family’s furniture and lumber store Monday. “It’s a small community. Everybody knows everybody. Our hearts go out to the family.”

The bus was carrying members of the Konawa Middle School softball team returning home from a game in Okemah. Softball coach Joseph Scoggins, 30, was driving the bus when he tried to avoid the SUV by swerving.

Scoggins was taken to an Ada hospital, treated for his injuries and released. Five other children on the bus were taken to a Seminole hospital, treated for their injuries and released.

Also killed in the crash was the driver of SUV, John Tallbear, 61, and a female passenger who was not identified as of Monday.

Tallbear was released from prison in June after Oklahoma County prosecutors dismissed a 1992 murder conviction against him. He spent 26 years behind bars after a jury found him guilty of fatally beating and stabbing a homeless man.

A judge vacated his conviction after prosecutors found that DNA evidence could have led to a different result in his 1992 trial. DNA testing last year showed blood evidence at the murder scene matched two unknown men and not Tallbear.

Prosecutors have not said that Tallbear was innocent of the crime.

Tallbear has been arrested twice since his release from prison. He was arrested Dec. 31 after an officer found him sleeping in the driver’s seat of his parked vehicle.

Tallbear smelled of alcohol and told the officer he had “pulled over to sober up,” according to a court affidavit.

Another officer at the scene found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. Following the arrest, he was charged with being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was charged Feb. 28 with driving under the influence and driving with a revoked license in Pottawatomie County. Two breath tests at the Shawnee Police Department showed Tallbear had a blood alcohol content of .16 and .17, police reported.

On Monday, signs of mourning and resolve hung throughout Konawa, a town of about 1,200 people. There were orange ribbons representing the local schools. A gas station marquee read “Konawa Strong.” Outside a fast food restaurant hung a sign that said “One town, one school, one family.”

Rhindi was a sixth grade student at Konawa and attended Bethlehem Baptist Church, according to a post on the Seminole Police Department Facebook page. She enjoyed making slime, buying shoes and hoodies, and loved her softball teammates.

Police Chief Eric Haworth said Konawa has received support from Oklahomans as well as people from out of state.

“The state of Oklahoma has pulled together and become one community,” he said. “The outreach is the best. It shows the love for the community.”

Classes were canceled Monday as officials prepared teachers for handling the grief of students.

“It’s an administrator’s nightmare,” said Cory Ellis, Konawa Public Schools superintendent. “It’s just heartbreaking.”

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Konawa Public School Performing Arts Center.

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Flowers, balloons and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.

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Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as þÄúmassive injuries.þÄù Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title=" Sign at a convenience store near downtown Konawa pledging support for the town and school. 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Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Flowers and a balloon bouquet were placed on the shoulder of a two-lane highway near a blackened and charred section of asphalt on SH 377 Monday, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Flowers and a balloon bouquet were placed on the shoulder of a two-lane highway near a blackened and charred section of asphalt on SH 377 Monday, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-90ec39abc46fd564d3078b32f72cd67c.jpg" alt="Photo - Sign at a convenience store near downtown Konawa pledging support for the town and school. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Sign at a convenience store near downtown Konawa pledging support for the town and school. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Sign at a convenience store near downtown Konawa pledging support for the town and school. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-97b6ec3cdeceb05cb1e83e18fff2f6d1.jpg" alt="Photo - Flowers and a balloon bouquet mark the spot on SH 377 Monay, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Flowers and a balloon bouquet mark the spot on SH 377 Monay, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Flowers and a balloon bouquet mark the spot on SH 377 Monay, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9d5ba0be154dd18d3546d1890d5be156.jpg" alt="Photo - Flowers, balloons and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Flowers, balloons and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Flowers, balloons and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a83f81955cd8896c02c4f131781ad553.jpg" alt="Photo - Flowers and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Flowers and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Flowers and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e35d9b51f741746e03e89a8b8ffdf5db.jpg" alt="Photo - Flowers and a balloon bouquet mark the spot on SH 377 Monay, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Flowers and a balloon bouquet mark the spot on SH 377 Monay, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Flowers and a balloon bouquet mark the spot on SH 377 Monay, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-290411f9642fa7f42c78e148d90259dc.jpg" alt="Photo - Sign at a convenience store near downtown Konawa pledging support for the town and school. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Sign at a convenience store near downtown Konawa pledging support for the town and school. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Sign at a convenience store near downtown Konawa pledging support for the town and school. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6d3b9e00e3e10afda9f0ce05d7dbf557.jpg" alt="Photo - Flowers and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Flowers and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Flowers and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ccd65bf95b44cdd0c4d4b912a4ffb353.jpg" alt="Photo - Flowers and a balloon bouquet were placed on the shoulder of a two-lane highway near a blackened and charred section of asphalt on SH 377 Monday, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Flowers and a balloon bouquet were placed on the shoulder of a two-lane highway near a blackened and charred section of asphalt on SH 377 Monday, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Flowers and a balloon bouquet were placed on the shoulder of a two-lane highway near a blackened and charred section of asphalt on SH 377 Monday, March 11, 2019, where three people died in a crash last week. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-577ffd8281976537974ca478922351a6.jpg" alt="Photo - Sign taped to the menu panel at the Sonic Drive-In in Konawa Monday afternoon, March 11, 2019. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Sign taped to the menu panel at the Sonic Drive-In in Konawa Monday afternoon, March 11, 2019. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Sign taped to the menu panel at the Sonic Drive-In in Konawa Monday afternoon, March 11, 2019. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0914295f17b4209ee24e407eb81e755f.jpg" alt="Photo - Flowers, balloons and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="Flowers, balloons and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>Flowers, balloons and personalized notes are placed on a chain-link fence near the home dugout of the Konawa softball stadium. Konawa Middle School athlete Rhindi Kay Isaacs, 12, was among three people who died in a fiery, head-on collision Friday evening. The Konawa Public School District said six students from the junior high school girls softball team were aboard the bus traveling home at the time of the crash. The team's coach was driving the bus when it was struck by an SUV on SH 377, between Bowlegs and Konawa, in Seminole County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. when it swerved and collided with a Konawa School activity bus after the driver of the SUV swerved when passing another vehicle, The driver and passenger were pinned inside the SUV when it caught fire. Both were pronounced dead on the scene from what authorities described as “massive injuries.” Monday, March 11, 2019. .Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure>
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Josh Dulaney joined The Oklahoman in November 2016. Dulaney is a California Newspaper Publishers Association award winner for his writing. In both 2018 and 2019 he earned newspaper writer of the year honors from the Great Plains Journalism Awards. Read more ›

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