Six-year-old girl hit, killed by car in Johnston County

By: Katie Solomon Email
By: Katie Solomon Email

COLEMAN, OK - A six-year-old girl was hit and killed by a vehicle on Thursday morning in the Johnston County town of Coleman.

"At 11:55, the Johnston County 911 center received a call that a pedestrian had been struck on State Highway 48, here in the community of Coleman," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain, Ronnie Hampton.

The pedestrian was six-year-old Taryn Barrett of Coleman.

Troopers say she ran into the road from a playground to get to a fireworks stand.

"A six-year-old female was coming from the playground area that's over here behind us on the east side of the road," Hampton said.

As she ran into the road, she was hit by a Chevrolet Impala.

Barrett was taken by ambulance to Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant, where she was pronounced dead.

"The driver gave consent to have their blood withdrawn and a trooper has transported her to the Durant hospital for that," Hampton said.

"We don't see any indication whatsoever that anyone was impaired."

OHP is looking at where the area of impact occurred and where the car came to rest to determine if the driver's speed was within the legal limit. Once the investigation concludes, the Johnston County District Attorney will review the case.


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