Catoosa Woman Injured When Car Swerves To Avoid Coyote

Friday, September 16th 2011, 1:30 pm
By: News 9

WAGONER COUNTY, Oklahoma – A Catoosa, Oklahoma woman was injured when her car swerved off the road to avoid a coyote, and struck a tree in Wagoner County early Friday morning. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

This happened just before 1 a.m., on 31st Street South, approximately three miles east of Broken Arrow in Wagoner County. The driver, 49-year-old Vicki Lynne Puckett, was transported by Broken Arrow EMS to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa with injuries suffered in the wreck. She is listed in stable condition.

According to the accident report, a 2001 Toyota Tacoma driven by Puckett was eastbound on 31st Street South when it swerved off the roadway to the right to avoid a coyote. The car then traveled eastbound in the south ditch for approximately 77 feet before re-entering the roadway, traveling across, and left the roadway again to the left, striking a tree. Report says the car then rolled back and came to rest on its top.

Troopers say Puckett was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. She was pinned for approximately 15 minutes before being freed by Broken Arrow Fire and Rescue crew.

Troopers have determined the cause of this collision to be animal in roadway.