An arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of a beloved Oklahoma inventor and businessman. A 21-year-old driver has been arrested and charged with causing a fatality accident without being licensed in connection with the car accident. That man was also accused of leaving the scene of a fatality accident after he allegedly struck the 79-year-old victim near an Oklahoma City store.
Official reports show that the victim was crossing the street on foot on NW 23rd Street when he was struck by the driver's vehicle. The driver who struck the victim apparently did not stop, but instead fled the scene of the crime. It appears that the alleged driver was attempting to flee the country at the time that he was apprehended by police; officers said they are grateful to those who have provided tips leading to the man's arrest.
The victim in this case was famous throughout the city for his business savvy and caring attitude. The man was working on a new business, along with a potential pain reliever; his business was located just feet from where he was struck by the vehicle. Family members and friends say that they are grieving because of the car accident, which they say claimed the life of an iconic Oklahoma City resident.
Pedestrians deserve to feel safe on the streets of Oklahoma City. Negligent drivers should be held accountable for their failure to safely operate their vehicle. In some hit-and-run cases, drunk drivers are attempting to flee the scene so they are not caught operating a vehicle while intoxicated. These irresponsible drivers should be held liable for their actions in both criminal and civil court. Victims who have lost loved ones to pedestrian-versus-vehicle accidents may be entitled to financial compensation for their pain and suffering and other civil claims.
Source: KOCO, "Arrest made in hit-and-run death of Oklahoma City inventor," June 26, 2014