Deadly chain claims EC woman

A tragic chain of events on an area highway led to two-vehicle collision and the death of an Elmore City woman early Tuesday morning.

State troopers report it was a deer on state Highway 29 that led to a pickup moving over the center line and striking a vehicle driven by 48-year-old Amber Cody.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report shows Cody was alone while driving a 2021 Cadillac XT4 sports utility vehicle eastbound on SH 29.

On the same highway coming from the opposite direction was a 2004 Ford F350 pickup driven by Brendan Kelam, 25, of Pevely, Mo.

Troopers determined at just before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday the pickup first struck a deer in the roadway as it then went into the other lane where it collided with Cody's vehicle at a site about two miles west of Interstate 35.

Both vehicles went off the highway as the SUV did strike a barbed wire fence before coming to rest.

An official with the state medical examiner's office pronounced Cody dead at the scene.

Kelam refused medical treatment at the scene, according to the report.

Both drivers are reported to have been wearing seat belts when the accident occurred. The official cause was “deer in the roadway.”

A number of troopers from the region and the OHP Traffic Homicide Unit responded to help with the investigation at the wreck site. Also assisting were Wynnewood firefighters.

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