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Northwest Oklahoma City driver hits, kills woman and dog in tragic accident

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Family and friends are mourning the loss an a metro woman after police say she was hit and killed by a car while trying to save a dog in northeast Oklahoma City.

It happened early this morning near the intersection of northwest 63rd and Rockwell.

Police say Patsy Ryan, 75 pulled over into a nearby parking lot and ran to the road in an attempt to save the dog.

It's not known if the animal was alive or dead at this point when an oncoming driver hit the elderly woman.

She died at the scene.

"She would have done anything for a dog, anytime, anyplace, anywhere," said Linda McCright, friend. "She loved dogs."

Those who knew Ryan gathered outside of her home on Lyrewood Terrace. She had lived there fore more than 10 years.

Some neighbors said she had a special with dogs and would often volunteer to dog sit when someone was out of town.

"Anytime I needed anyone to take care of my dog and I have a dog and cat and she would come down and make sure they were fed," said Linda Adams, friend. "She would always walk my dog."

Oklahoma City Police said it all started around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning when they were called to the area of 63rd and Rockwell.

Police found Ryan and a dog dead in the middle of the road.

Detectives blocked off the area for several hours while they tried to figure out what exactly happened.

Early investigation shows a man was driving northbound and couldn't see Ryan and the dog when he ran them over.

NewsChannel 4 checked with the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter and found the dog had been wearing a collar and was a french bull dog.

Neighbors say the dog she was trying to rescue turned out to be one of her own.

"We didn't know it was Tater," said Adams. "But her son the one she had dropped off at the airport, Tater was his dog."

As for the driver, police said he was not drunk or distracted he just couldn't see them.

Right now they say it's a tragic accident and doesn't think the D.A. will file any charges.

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