Navy veteran killed in Carter County semi crash

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MEAD, Okla. -- A Texoma Navy veteran died in a Carter County semi crash late Tuesday night.

Melba Hill was prepared for the call when her son was in the military, but not when he was just miles from their home in Mead.

"He was working and delivering a load of lumber to Guymon, Okla. when his truck went off the road," Hill's mother, Melba Hill, said.

40-year-old Brian Hill was killed when he crashed the semi truck he was driving on State Highway 53, just west of Springer. Troopers are still investigating the cause.

"He left a lot of people behind that love him," Hill's sister, Melanie Palmer, said. "I know we will see him again some day."

Hill's family says he spent 20 years in the Navy and earned a Bronze Star for his service.

Despite being a decorated veteran, we're told his proudest accomplishment were his two kids.

"God, country and family was my brother," Palmer said. "He had the true American spirit. I still can't believe he is gone."

Melba Hill says photos of her son are helping her cope with the loss.

"His crooked smile, he just drew people to him," Melba Hill said. "I love him so much. He was so sweet."

Hill's funeral is set for Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. at Streetman Road Baptist Church in Mead.

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