Authorities respond to highway fatality

November 8, 2013

A man was struck and killed Friday evening after running out onto Highway 69/75 north of Durant, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Ronald Dale Hunter, 54, Odessa, Texas, ran into the northbound lane at 7:37 p.m. and struck the passenger side of a Kia driven by Ricki Braziell, 19, Caddo. According to OHP, the man, who was lying in the roadway, was then hit by another unknown vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s office in Oklahoma City.

It was not clear why the person entered the roadway and the incident remains under investigation. There was no improper action by the driver of the first vehicle and OHP is still seeking to identify the second vehicle involved.

The northbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted to the Armstrong exit while authorities investigated. Troopers Robby Keeling, Kyle Ince and James Reinecker investigated at the scene.