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UPDATE: Duncan pedestrian condition upgraded

DUNCAN Okla_ The mother involved in the pedestrian accident in Duncan that left her 15-year-old son dead is now listed in fair condition. 

OU Medical Center says Kristeen Vaughn's condition was upgraded. She had been listed in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Duncan police say several questions remain unanswered after Vaughn and her teenage son Hunter Vaughn were hit by a pickup Monday night. The two were flown to an Oklahoma City hospital where the 15-year old victim died early this morning.

Police continue to actively question witnesses. Some have told police the mother and son looked to have jumped out in front of the pickup, while others say it was a tragic accident. Witnesses said they saw the driver render aid to the victims immediately.

Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford described the accident as a routine drive turned into a deadly collision.

"He did not see anyone until suddenly they were in front of him," Ford said. "He used the analogy, ‘They seemed to appear like a deer.' They came out in front of him like a deer. That was the first time he saw them."

While the driver of the truck said he never saw the mother and son until it was too late, police said they are still unsure why the two couldn't avoid the collision.

"It's a little unusual in that it's wide open," Ford said. "It's not difficult to see traffic in that area. It's not difficult. It's not a hilly area. It's not a congested area. It's not an area with a lot of buildings close to the roadway. So, how could this happen with adults and a 15-year-old child? What went wrong?"

Ford said the mother and son had just left their home one block from the accident. He wouldn't say what, but he said something else may have been contributed to the accident.

"There has been some indication that there had been some trouble in the home earlier," Ford said.

Several witnesses said the mother and son had made that walk down the same roadway dozens of times. They said the two had a good relationship and were very close to one another.

A mandatory blood test was given to the driver of the pickup, Ford said nothing indicates he was at fault or that he was traveling over the speed limit of 25 miles per hour.

 

 

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