Published On: Fri, Oct 19th, 2018

Two fatalities in head-on collision


On Thursday, Oct. 18 at approximately 1:02pm, Cherokee Indian Police Department Officers were dispatched to a head-on collision in the area of US 19 and Macedonia Road.

The preliminary investigation reveals a 2009 Nissan Altima, operated by Zachariah Lightening Rattler, 40, of Cherokee, was traveling south on US 19 and a Ford Escape, operated by Rachel Johnson Littlejohn, 69, also of Cherokee, was traveling north on US 19.  The Nissan, operated by Rattler, crossed over the center line, into the north bound lane and struck the vehicle operated by Littlejohn, head-on.

Rattler and his passenger, Roman Gregory West, 39, of Cherokee, died at the scene. Littlejohn sustained unknown injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The Cherokee Indian Police Department is investigating this incident.

– Cherokee Indian Police Dept. release