Army specialist hit by car in Broken Arrow, driver left scene


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Updated: 3/19/2013 6:05 pm Published: 3/18/2013 12:55 pm


An active duty soldier is hit and seriously injured riding his bike to work Monday Morning.

It happened on Highway 51 near Nashville Street in Broken Arrow.
24-year old Brendan Simmons was on his way to the Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Simmons, a Specialist on active duty with the United States Army, was thrown from the bicycle and landed in a drainage ditch on the west side of the highway where he was later found. He does not have life threatening injuries.


He, his wife and their baby girl transferred here from New York. The two are by his side as he recovers at St. Francis Hospital.

"The call went out as a man down call," said Sergeant Ed Ferguson with the Broken Arrow Police Department.

Around 4:30 Monday morning, Ferguson says Simmons was hit by a car. Pieces of the bike could be seen scattered throughout the scene. Ferguson told FOX23’s Dontaye Carter, Simmons was thrown from the bike more than 100 feet.

A witness told police the soldier, covered in blood, climbed out of the ditch to flag down help.

"This was a life changing event for him," said Ferguson.

He says Simmons was riding his bike that morning because the family couldn't afford to get their car fixed. Police say he was wearing reflective gear so he could be seen on the bike.

“The fabric from his high visibility vest is actually what is transferred to the pavement creating that mark there," Ferguson told FOX23.

However, police say it was raining that morning and it would have been hard for a driver to see.

"Somebody is driving down the highway and thought they hit a deer."

Police don't know if this is criminal or not right now.

"There's someone that knows something about this crash. Somebody is going to notice they have a co-worker, a friend or a family they now have damage on their vehicle and it wasn't there before," Ferguson said.

He believes the side of the car is damaged and maybe the windshield.
The clues could finally bring the Simmons’ family closure.
Anyone with information can contact Broken Arrow Police at 918-259-8400 or call the Crime Stoppers number at
918-596-COPS.

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