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Tulsa 911 dispatcher killed in hit and run

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A hit and run collision at around 9:15pm on Tuesday, October 5 at Admiral Boulevard and Utica Avenue in Tulsa has left a longtime 911 dispatcher dead. The intersection at Admiral and Utica hosts Admiral Park and Robertson Tire.

Mary Byers served Tulsa for 26 years as a 911 call taker, dispatcher, and supervisor.

Tulsa police say the man alleged to have hit her, 27-year-old Cody Carrell, turned himself in later, on Tuesday. In an arrest report it was stated Carrell ran a red light and hit Byers car. Speed is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Carrell told officers he didn’t know what color the light was but that he knew he caused a collision that killed another person and still left the scene, the report says. Witnesses told police Carrell first walked away, then, came back, and tried to take his girlfriend with him, but witnesses wouldn’t let him, so he took off running. Video footage from the scene reportedly shows Carrell being “informed” before he fled that someone had died. Officers called in K9s and the TPD helicopter to try to find the suspect of the deadly hit-and-run.

Carrell was booked into Tulsa County jail Wednesday evening on first-degree manslaughter and felony hit-and-run complaints. His bail is set at $60,300.

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