Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent
East Central University women’s basketball coach Kent Wayne Franz turned himself in Tuesday in connection with an alleged hit-and-run by auto that left a woman seriously injured Monday.
Franz, 50, turned himself in to authorities and was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident causing great bodily harm. He was taken to the Pontotoc County Justice Center where bail was set at $10,000. Jail officials said Franz bonded out late Tuesday.
The alleged hit-and-run occurred in the 2800 block of Arlington at 9:42 p.m. Monday. Two passersby called 911 and said there was an unconscious woman lying beside the road and a dead dog in the middle of the right westbound lane of Arlington.
Emergency personnel arrived and rendered aid to 49-year-old Angela Wilburn for serious injuries. Wilburn was taken to Mercy Hospital Ada then taken by Medi Flight to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City with multiple injuries. Ada Police Officer Kathy Unbewust said those injuries included a shattered pelvis, right ankle fracture, vertebrae fracture, internal injuries, a blood clot in the brain and a heart attack.
Wednesday, a spokesperson for OU Medical Center said Wilburn was in serious condition.
Unbewust spoke with Franz after he turned himself in and gave a written and verbal statement.
“He advised that he was westbound on Arlington, headed to (a local eatery) when he struck something,” Unbewust wrote in a report. “Mr. Franz wrote that he turned around twice, checking the area for anything he may have hit but saw nothing in the road and then continued on west. Mr. Franz wrote that he pulled over to look at the damage to his vehicle when he heard and saw an ambulance running to the location where he hit something. Mr. Franz stated he saw the ambulance stop at a woman (who) was face down on the ground. Mr. Franz stated he panicked, left the scene, went home and told his wife what happened.”
“It appears Ms. Wilburn was walking with her dog, a small brown short-hair dog, when she and the dog were struck by a westbound vehicle, description unknown,” Unbewust wrote in a report on the scene. “Officers located several pieces of what appear to be car parts from the point of impact.”
Unbewust said that after speaking with Franz Tuesday she inspected his pickup, which was parked outside the courthouse.
“I went to where the vehicle was parked,” Unbewust wrote. “(I) observed damage to the passenger-side front corner, passenger-side outside mirror and a small dent on the front bumper.”
Unbewust confiscated the pickup and placed it in a police impound.
“We are currently reviewing the situation and we are going through the correct process and plan to take proper action,” said ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Williams. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends affected."