Teacher Among Five Killed In Hit And Run Accident

Sunday, November 11th 2007, 3:01 pm
By: News On 6

There is new information on Friday night’s deadly hit and run accident near 12th and Memorial. The News on 6’s Ashli Sims reports an award-winning Broken Arrow teacher and her husband were two of the five victims killed. Tulsa Police say Kimberly Graham confessed on Saturday to striking five people with her truck.

All five victims in that accident died. Graham fled from the scene of the crash, but turned herself in to Tulsa Police Saturday morning. Graham is being held in the Tulsa County jail on $175,000 bond.

Tulsa funeral homes have confirmed the five victims are 36-year-old Shannon Lacey, 29-year-old Casey Jones, 50-year-old Anita Foote, and husband and wife: 49-year-old Ronny and 42-year-old De Anna Coatney

De Anna Coatney was a 4th grade teacher at Broken Arrow's Lynn Wood Elementary School. According to the school website, she taught there for ten years. Coatney was named one of the state superintendent's master teachers. She leaves behind two children.

Her husband, Ronny Coatney, was also killed. According to De Anna's website, she and Ronny had been married for five years. He was an air-conditioning technician.

Tulsa police say in their report, the driver, Kimberly Graham, thought she'd hit another car. In that same report, she told police she drove off because she'd been drinking. She's accused of five counts of second degree manslaughter and five counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

The funeral home says the Coatneys' funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Services for other accident victims are still pending.

Meanwhile, the family of De Anna and Ronny Coatney are getting support from their friends who share their passion for motorcycles. They've been at the family’s home for two nights straight.

“They had 50 something odd bikes out here,” said Kyle Willis, son of De Anna Coatney.

Twenty-year-old Kyle is serving in the U.S. Army and is based in Georgia. He says he knew something was wrong when he returned from work Saturday morning and saw where he had missed a number of calls from his sister, 17-year-old Korrie.

The Coatneys were members of the Steel Horse Riders. The members say the group is more of a family than a club.

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