ECU women's basketball coach turns himself in to police after hit and run accident

By: Ashley Park Email
By: Ashley Park Email

ADA, OK -- ECU Women's Basketball coach for the past 21 seasons, Kent Franz, turned himself in to police after he says he fled the scene of a hit and run accident Monday on East Arlington Street in Ada.

50-year-old Kent Franz, told authorities he was driving westbound on Arlington when he says he struck something.

Franz turned around twice to check the area, but says he did not see anything in the road.

According to police reports, witnesses say they saw a dead dog in the roadway and a woman lying in the grass along the road.

Franz told authorities when he saw an ambulance arrive, he panicked, and went home to tell his wife what had happened.

"He returned the next day to the district attorney's office to turn himself in," said Ada Police Public Information Officer, Mark Bratcher. "The District Attorney informed him that he needed to come over to the Ada Police Department and turn himself in, which is what occurred and he was taken into custody at that time."

ECU's Athletic Director, Jeff Williams, has released a statement saying, "We are currently reviewing the situation and we are going through the correct process and plan to take proper action. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends affected."

The reports state the woman 49-year-old, Angela Wilburn, suffered multiple fractures, internal injuries, and a heart attack.

She was flown to OU Trauma Center.

Franz was released Tuesday on a 10 thousand dollar bond.

We'll bring you more details as we get them.

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