I’m always glad to see the Oklahoma cycling community coming together to remember those lost on the roads. In this case, fellow riders have erected a bench to Beverly Duffield, a cyclist killed last year in a auto related crash:
Friends of avid cyclist Beverly Duffield gathered at one of her favorite trails Sunday to honor her life and remember the tragic circumstances of her death.
Duffield, 74, was hit and killed a year ago this month by an SUV that ran a stop sign. She was pronounced dead at the scene near a U.S. 75 exit ramp at 17th Street in Tulsa.
The driver of the car, Roberto Salvador Alvelais-Torres, 28, pleaded guilty in December to five counts related to the crash and is serving a seven-year prison sentence.
via Bench dedicated to honor life of cyclist | Tulsa World.
Sorry, I’m having to play a bit of catch up right now. Work has kept me away from the blog for awhile so some of this may be old news. However, last year’s fatal hit-and-run crash in Sand Springs seems to be nearing it’s final closure:
Tausha Borland, 39, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence. She also pleaded no contest to one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
via Woman pleads guilty in crash that killed two bicyclists | Tulsa World.
I wouldn’t expect much in the way of serious time being served, however, the DUI aspect will problem mean that just probation is off the table.
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.
Yet another fatal crash:
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said a 19-year-old driver hit and killed a bicyclist just west of Stillwater Sunday.
Troopers said James Hazzard told them the sun was glaring in his eyes and he was adjusting his sunglasses when he swerved into the shoulder and hit 56-year-old Debra Miller.
She was flown to OU Medical Center where she later died.
via Bicyclist Hit, Killed by 19-year-old Driver Near Stillwater – News9.com.
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 . . .
I’m really getting tired and upset reporting on cyclists deaths in Oklahoma. This is purely anecdotal, but I don’t remember this many fatal accidents in recent memory. Last night, a man was killed near Woodward while riding at night. The story doesn’t give many details, but implies that the man was riding without proper lighting. However, I’m not generally inclined to trust police descriptions of bicycle accidents.
You can read the limited details here: Okla man killed while riding bike on highway – News9.com
A cyclist has been killed here in Oklahoma City tonight. From NewsOK.com:
About 9:15 p.m., James Smith II, 60, was riding southbound on his bicycle in the outside lane of N Rockwell Avenue near the Northwest Expressway when he made a sharp left turn, Holland said. The minivan was driving behind Smith and its driver could not stop in time or avoid him, and Smith hit the windshield and was then run over.
Bicyclist hit, killed in Oklahoma City | NewsOK.com
It is always very sad to hear about such a tragedy. This acts as a sad reminder that we should all be safe out there especially at night.