The Pryor Times

May 15, 2014

Wreck lands one driver in jail

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Jose Torres-Banuelos is in Mayes County Jail following a two-car collision, Saturday in Locust Grove. Torres-Banuelos appeared before Mayes County District Judge Rebecca Gore Wednesday, and was told the state had yet to file formal charges.

“The state requests additional time to file as the investigation is ongoing. An individual in the collision is in critical condition and may not make it through the day,” said Assistant District Attorney Glen Dresback, saying the status of the victim will impact the nature of the charges.

He is being held on a $100,000 bond and will re-appear in court Monday.

With the aid of the translator, he asked which individual was in critical condition, saying he had not received an update on his wife and did not know how she was doing.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol the wreck occurred two miles north of Locust Grove on Highway 82. Torres-Banuelos, 21, was driving a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser. OHP reports he, along with passenger, Jaqueline Gutierrez, pulled out of a private driveway onto the highway. An oncoming 2004 Chevrolet Corvette driven by 34-year old Zachary Coffee, swerved to avoid hitting the vehicle. The two vehicles struck head-on. Torres was taken by ambulance to a Tulsa hospital before being released to the jail. Gutierrez was transported by Air Evac to the same hospital, where she was admitted in critical condition. Coffee was transported to the hospital by ambulance, in stable condition, while his passenger Billy Majors, 26, was life-flighted to Tulsa in critical condition. The official cause of the collision is still under investigation, according to OHP.

Banuelos, who does not speak English, does not have a drivers license, address or social security number on file, according to court records.