Crash kills Bluestem kindergarten teacher

A longtime kindergarten teacher in the Bluestem school district in Leon was killed Tuesday night in a two-vehicle collision in rural Butler County, authorities said.

Hazel Dyer, 67, of rural El Dorado, died at Susan B. Allen Hospital of injuries suffered in the collision, which was reported at 5:48 p.m. at the intersection of Southwest 20th Street and Boyer Road southwest of El Dorado.

Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy said Dyer was driving south on Boyer when she ran a stop sign and struck a pickup coming west on Southwest 20th driven by 19-year-old Cody Kasper of rural El Dorado, Murphy said. Both vehicles rolled after impact and landed in the south ditch.

Dyer was not wearing a seat belt, Murphy said, while Kasper was. He refused medical treatment at the scene.

Dyer taught in Bluestem schools for 32 years, and is listed as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher in the school's 2010-11 school handbook.

Bluestem's website reported that counseling staff and ministers were made available to students, staff and parents throughout the day Wednesday.

A memorial service for Dyer has been set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the El Dorado Civic Center.