It’s been two years since the Oklahoma cycling community was shocked by two bicycle fatalities in less than 48 hours both involving long time cyclists. One of those incidents involved the hit-and-run killing of Alan Spencer. The driver in that crash has never been identified and police now consider the case a cold one. As the anniversary of the crash approaches, the Spencer family repeats their plea for information in the case and for the driver of the car to come forward:
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The family believes that a black or dark truck or SUV with a black guard may have hit and killed Alan Spencer. If you have any information involving this incident, you should call CrimeStoppers at (405)-235-7300. You can remain anonymous.
I’m a little late on this one, but News 9 has a well made Christmas time story on the Alan Spencer Hit-and-Run case and a continued plea for any information regarding the driver in this case:
As a reminder, there is a $6,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case. If anyone knows anything about this tragic event, they should contact Crimestoppers at: 405-236-7300.
The Oklahoman is reporting that a reward is now being offered for information regarding the hit-and-run crash involving Alan Spencer earlier this year:
A $6,000 reward has been offered for information in connection with the death of an Edmond man who was hit while riding his bicycle.
Alan Spencer, 56, was killed about 8:45 a.m. July 17 when he was struck from behind by a motor vehicle while riding south in the 12500 block of Midwest Boulevard. The motorist left the scene and did not report the wreck to police.
via Reward offered for information about death of a bicycle rider in Oklahoma City | NewsOK.com.
The money has been raised by the area cycling community. Additionally, there may be more reward money from the Oklahoma City Crimestoppers.
The story also confirms previous reports that the case is currently being handled by the Oklahoma City Police Department as a homicide due to “suspicious circumstances” regarding the crash.
If anyone has any information about this crash, please call Crimestoppers at: 405-235-7300 or text 405-415-5666. Additionally, you can submit a tip from their website. You may remain anonymous.
News9 is reporting on the families personal investigation into the hit-and-run killing of Alan Spencer three weeks ago:
In the three weeks since the crash no one has come forward with information regarding the crash and now the Spencer family is desperate for answers. Today, friends and family, with help from the community, are gathering at the Memorial Road Church of Christ in an effort to gather information about that day.
via Family Searches for Answers in Bicyclists Hit-And-Run Death – News9.com
I’m hopeful that someone will eventually step forward and do the right thing, but after this long it is becoming more and more unlikely . . .
So, following up on the request for information I posted earlier, it appears the cyclist in question was involved in an apparent hit and run crash.
About 8:15 a.m., a passer-by reported a bicyclist in a ditch in the 12600 block of N Midwest Boulevard, just north of NE 122, Patty said.
The bicyclist, identified only as a white male, was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.
"This appears to be a hit-and-run," Patty said.
Via: Oklahoma City police investigating two fatal accidents
I still find it absolutely disturbing and wrong that this kind of incident can be referred to as an accident. Crash, attack or vehicular homicide all seem appropriate, but when it comes to a hit-and-run I can hardly think that the word accident applies.
It still appears that the cyclist has not yet been identified, so if you can provide additional information please contact the police.
Update 07/17/2010 6:35 PM: This appears to be an investigation into a fatal hit-and-run crash. Click here for details
Steve Schlegel of Schelgel Bicycles just posted this on a couple of the area mailing lists and I thought it was very worth of being passed along . . .
I was just notified to a mishap involving an un identified rider. OKC Police are needing assistance in identifying a rider. Please contact OKC POLICE if you think you know this rider as he had no id on him.
Male, approx. 35-40 years of age. Wearing a Yellow Jersey, riding a Black Specialized bicycle was involved in an accident. This accident occurred this Sat. AM in the area of Midwest Blvd and NW 122nd st. Bike has yellow side wall tires.
This is all the info I presently have been given…If you think you might know who this rider may be, please contact OCPD by calling 911.