Fifty-three-year-old Marie Wooten was running with 39-year-old Frankie Bell along South College Street at South Donahue Drive around 5:45 a.m. when they were struck by a car.
Wooten was pronounced dead at the scene. The Lee County coroner says she was killed instantly.
Bell, of Opelika, was flown from the scene to the Medical Center in Columbus, GA to be treated for serious injuries.
Bell says his wife asks about her friend, Marie Wooten, every day from her hospital bed. "They were more than good friends. They were like two peas in a pod," explained Felix Bell.
Bell is in stable condition at Columbus Regional Medical Center and was moved out of ICU late Monday night. The family asks for continued prayers.
Felix Bell tells News Leader Nine he is not seeking revenge against the driver of the car that struck his wife. "I just thank God that he stopped. That he was able to pick up the phone and call for help."
Authorities say the driver, 58-year-old David Sawyer, was not injured. Sawyer was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier at the time of the accident.
Wooten, of Auburn, was the dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Auburn University.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this accident.
The accident remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Department and Lee County Coroner's Office.
We are told a visitation will be held Thursday, November 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home located at 1500 Frederick Road in Opelika. Funeral services are scheduled to be held Friday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Auburn United Methodist Church, located at 220 East Magnolia Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made payable to the "AU Foundation" and mailed to the College of Sciences and Mathematics, 315 Roosevelt Concourse, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. 36849-7350.
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