Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent
A home health care worker died Friday after her patient reportedly backed over her with a vehicle.
Police did not release the victim’s name by press time Saturday, saying not all family members had been notified. However, according to radio traffic, the woman was approximately 63 years old. The accident occurred in a private driveway in the 200 block of W. 17th at 12 p.m. Police said the victim was placing a walker in the back of a large SUV when the driver, 87-year-old Marilyn Cates of Ada, accidentally backed over her. Police said Cates’ foot slipped off the brake pedal, causing the vehicle to roll backwards while in reverse.
The SUV dragged the woman into the street. Emergency personnel arrived and quickly placed the woman in a waiting Mercy EMS ambulance. Officials called for a medical helicopter to land at Mercy Hospital Ada. The woman was being taken to Oklahoma City in the helicopter when she died, officials said. According to radio traffic, the woman was suffering from chest and head injuries. Police said the woman was a private home health care worker. Her funeral is pending with Criswell Funeral Home.