Durant teacher killed in crash

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. -- A car crash just outside of Durant has claimed the life of a Durant elementary school teacher.

Students and faculty in Durant are mourning the loss of one of their own. 31-year-old Rona Cavender was killed Monday night in a car accident just outside the city limits.

Cavender taught first grade at Robert E. Lee Elementary School.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers say Cavender was driving west on Highway 70 around 3:30 Monday afternoon, when her Chevy SUV was struck by a Mercury SUV driven by Gary Coxsey, Sr., of Mead.

They say Coxsey had been driving erratically when he swerved into Cavender's lane, hitting her head on.

Coxsey was also killed on impact, and troopers say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Durant ISD held a special board meeting Monday night.

Counselors are on hand for faculty, staff, and students.


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  • by Carla cavender on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:57 AM
    Miss you so much!
  • by Missing you Location: Durant on Apr 18, 2011 at 01:59 AM
    It's been over 3 years since we lost you and it is still so hard. We miss you so much. Life just hasn't been the same with out you. We love and miss you Rona.
  • by Anonymous Location: Mead on Jun 27, 2010 at 03:24 AM
    Rona we miss you so much. Life just is not the same. I just wish you were here. I just wish I could be half the person you were.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    I miss you so much. You left such a huge hole in our hearts. You were the sweetest person I ever knew and the best mom. You are so missed.
  • by anonymous on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    RONA YOU ARE SO MISSED! ITS BEEN OVER TWO YEARS AND OUR HEARTS ARE STILL BROKEN. IF WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT A GREAT RELATIONSHIP YOU HAD WITH YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR I DON'T THINK WE COULD HAVE WENT ON WITH OUT YOUR.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 at 07:01 PM
    It is hard to believe it has been two years since sweet Rona went to Heaven. We miss you & love you.
  • by Lola Location: Pottsboro on Jul 3, 2009 at 04:59 PM
    Time goes by and I continue to have the thought occasionally I will call Rona and ask her something and than it is like something grips your heart really tight. We all continue to have the sad, sad moments but thank God we have memories.
  • by brandie Location: mckinney on Jun 15, 2009 at 10:24 PM
    I just wanted Rona's family to know that yes, many of her friends still think of her today. I know, in the past year, I have tried to be a better mom, a better wife and a better friend; all out of respect for Rona. No, she is not forgotten now nor will she be.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    Can't believe it has been one year. We miss you Rona & love you.
  • by anonymous Location: Durant on Feb 4, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    It has been one year but the loss is still felt every day. We miss Rona so much.
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