Carter County pedestrian hit and killed

By: Lauren Smith
By: Lauren Smith

CARTER COUNTY, OK -- A small Carter County community is grieving Thursday evening after a woman walking along the shoulder of a highway near her home was hit and killed by a car Wednesday.

Around 5:30 Wednesday afternoon, Carol Coker, was walking northbound on the shoulder of highway 76, a mile south of Ratliff City, when a car traveling north veered off the main road striking the 54-year-old pedestrian, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

OHP Trooper, Ken Duncan, said Coker walked often along the highway.

Duncan said, "She was very close to her home at the time. And that she walked daily in that area."

Jimmy Norton, a neighbor of Coker, says he saw her walking up and down the highway daily. He believes sometimes for exercise and sometimes to visit people. "From what I understood, she was on her way up to church . They have a little sno cone stand up there and was going to visit with them a few minutes when it happened."

Duncan said an investigation is underway to figure out why the vehicle veered onto the shoulder; he also wants to encourage people, If at all possible, walk somewhere besides the shoulder of any roadway.

Duncan added, "You know, we saw yesterday, in the blink of an eye, anything can happen and with the higher speeds, you know, 3,000 plus pound vehicles become deadly objects really quick."

Troopers say the driver of the car was not injured and they'll continue to investigate what caused the accident.

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