News Headlines - June 27

ECU basketball coach is sentenced after hit-and-run in September, 2013

An ECU basketball coach will not be returning next year after he was sentenced in Ada yesterday for an incident that happened back in September.

Long-time coach Kent Franz allegedly hit a woman with his car and fled the scene in September of last year, then turned himself into police the next day.

Yesterday, he entered a blind plea to the charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury in court. Franz reportedly made a statement in court yesterday, saying he was sorry for his actions, but did not believe he did anything wrong.

The judge sentenced Franz to a two year deferred sentence, $1,000 in court fees and he must pay prosecution fees for the next two years. Franz likely got this sentence due to his clean background.

Franz was suspended from coaching after the charges were filed. Mat Cole has been named the new head coach in his place.

Small girl killed in auto accident in Johnston County yesterday

A six-year-old girl was hit and killed yesterday morning in Coleman by a vehicle.

Just before noon, the Johnston County 911 center received the call that a person had been struck by a vehicle on State Highway 38 in Coleman. The girl reportedly ran into the road to get to a fireworks stand from a playground that was across the street.

When she ran into the road, she was hit by a Chevy Impala and taken by ambulance to Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant where she was eventually pronounced dead.

The driver was given a blood test, but authorities gave no indication that the driver was impaired in any way.

Authorities are investigating if unsafe speed on the part of the driver might have played a part in the accident.

No names are being released.



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