Remembering 5 Victims Of A Hit And Run

Monday, November 12th 2007, 4:51 pm
By: News On 6

The families of the five victims of Friday night’s deadly hit-and-run crash share some of the many ways those five people touched the lives of others. News On 6 anchor Terry Hood reports crosses and flowers now mark where the five lives were lost near 12th and Memorial.

Twenty-nine-year-old Casey Jones was doing what he always does, says his father, helping someone in need.

“She was incredible,” said Tiffany Kelley whose son was in De Anna Coatney’s class last year at Broken Arrow’s Lynn Wood Elementary.

For nine years, De Anna Coatney taught fourth graders at Broken Arrow. Messages of support cover a wall inside for the school's teacher of the year. "Ride On", one says for a teacher who rocked.

“The way she taught he realizes that he wouldn't be the student he is in fifth grade, a little more responsible and appreciative of the way she ran her classroom. She ran a tight ship,” added Tiffany Kelley.

De Anna’s husband, Ronny Coatney was also killed. He was at 10-year employee at Air Comfort in Jenks.

“He was just a hard working, good old boy,” said Cecil Crain.

Anita Foote had gone to the Backyard Bar to listen a friend's band. The Red Cross volunteer was helping the fallen motorcycle rider as her life ended, leaving behind a son and daughter due with a new granddaughter in two weeks. All that's left now is memories.

“Well the last one I have is, I went to my baby shower,” said Ashley Foote, Anita’s daughter.

As for the woman, police say is responsible, Anita Foote's children forgive her and are glad she turned herself in.

“She's just going to have to forgive herself, she's going to have to live with it. And, so do we,” said Jason Foote, Anita’s son.

Dealing with the death of a loved one, they say, is nearly impossible. But, one mom says her four-year-old daughter may have put it in perspective.

“She may not be here with us, but she's in our hearts. When someone dies they're in your heart forever and they never leave you,” said Tiffany Kelley whose son was in De Anna Coatney’s class.

Watch the video: Families of Five Hit And Run Victims Mourn

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