Oklahoma City woman killed while helping dog in street

A woman struck by a car is dead in northwest Oklahoma City. She was trying to help a dog, which was also killed in traffic in the area just north of NW 63 on N Rockwell Avenue.
by Robert Medley and Jonathan Sutton Modified: March 13, 2014 at 8:47 pm •  Published: March 13, 2014

A sign on Patsy Ryan’s front door reads, “Pets Welcome, People Tolerated.”

Neighbors of the 75-year-old woman said she was the type of person who would do anything to help a dog.

Early Thursday morning, she died doing just that.

Ryan was hit by a car and killed about 5:30 a.m. on Rockwell Avenue just north of NW 63. Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said the woman was trying to get a dog out of the street. The dog also was killed. Oklahoma City Animal Welfare officers said the dog was a French bulldog, and a neighbor said it belonged to Ryan’s son.

She lived in a small, close-knit neighborhood off NW 64, only blocks from where she died. A neighbor, Bonny Carinder, said Ryan was an animal lover who had three dogs.

Carinder believes Ryan was trying to save her son’s dog, Tater. Ryan took her son to the airport early Thursday morning for a flight and was going to watch Tater while he was gone.

“I took it on myself to go around and let people know what happened to her this morning,” Carinder said. “Everyone is very sad and stunned.”

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by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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At least she was doing what she loved to do, which was help animals.”

Linda McCright,

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