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Longtime 911 dispatcher dies in Tulsa hit-and-run

Posted at 6:34 AM, Oct 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-07 11:42:09-04

TULSA, Okla. — A man is in custody after a deadly hit-and-run crash late Tuesday night.

The Tulsa Police Department says the collision happened around 9:15 p.m. near Admiral and Utica.

Tulsa police say they identified Cody Carrell as the person who caused the crash that resulted in a woman's death. They said there was a passenger in Carrell's car at the time of the crash who stayed on the scene after Carrell left and went to the hospital for their injuries.

Tulsa police later identified the victim in the crash as Mary Byers, a longtime 911 dispatcher and supervisor.

Ken White was Byers' co-worker at the Tulsa Dispatch Center for her entire 26-year tenure.

“It’s hard. It’s rough," he said to a 2 News Oklahoma reporter, Wednesday evening. "Something like this so sudden.”

"My heart just sank for all my friends in dispatch," Sergeant Luke Flanagan with the Tulsa Police Department said.

Flanagan never knew Byers but will always consider her family. A member of the first responder family.

“They care about what they do and this job, there’s no doubt to Mary, that this was part of her life,” he said.

Byers leaves a lasting legacy behind the dispatch desk saving lives and improving the ones of the teammates right by her side.

“She was easy to talk to. She wanted to help people. She wanted to help the people that called in. She wanted to help our responders…and she wanted to especially help the people that worked here," White said.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Carrell later turned himself in to police.

Cody Carrell
Tulsa police say they identified Cody Carrell as the person who caused a Tuesday night crash that resulted in a woman's death.

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