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July 20, 2013

Enid woman hit by pickup June 5 dies from injuries

ENID, Okla. — A woman struck by a pickup as she crossed Garriott on June 5 died Wednesday, having never gotten released from St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

Judy Kay Kendrick, 64, of Enid, was struck by a 2012 Ford F-350 pickup driven by Steven Dittmeyer, 46, Enid. The intersection was a construction zone at that time and the outside lane of Van Buren northbound was blocked by traffic cones. Dittmeyer, driving north on Van Buren, was turning to go east on Garriott from the inside lane when Kendrick was struck.

Enid police Sgt. Bryan Hart said the investigating officer is awaiting test results from Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation before a decision will be made whether to charge Dittmeyer with any wrongdoing.

According to her obituary in today’s edition, Kendrick worked in the food service industry most of her life. In Enid, she worked at Wooden Nickel, Western Sizzlin’, IHop, Sage Room, and, for the past five years, Golden Corral.

Chris Bell, general manager of Golden Corral, said Kendrick’s coworkers raised money for her after her accident, ultimately used to pay for her funeral.

“She was a hard worker and the nicest lady you’d ever meet,” Bell said. “There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do or wouldn’t do. She went above and beyond, day in and day out. She will be missed.”

Bell said Kendrick treated every customer with kindness and told each one “God bless you” when they left.

Coworkers frequently went to the hospital to visit Kendrick, Bell said.

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