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Poteau Police arrest Heavener man for striking pedestrian

POTEAU – An investigation is ongoing into the death of Lawrence Anthony Garcia of Poteau.

On Thursday at approximately 9:16 p.m., the Poteau Police Department received a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a box-style storage type truck in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter at 3108 N. Broadway in Poteau.

Responding officers identified the pedestrian as Garcia. He was transported by ambulance to Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, where he later died.

Officers were advised the truck had left the scene, but had been stopped near the Cameron area. The driver of the truck was identified as 27-year-old Joshua Tanner Jones of Heavener.

Jones was taken into custody for an unrelated warrant and transported back to Poteau, where he was interviewed by a Poteau PD investigator.

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