OKLAHOMA CITY – Hit and run accidents in our state come in at alarming numbers.
On Monday, police continue searching for the person who killed an Oklahoma inventor, Jack McClung.
Scattered groceries were the only pieces of evidence left behind of the hit and run that killed the 79-year-old.
“He loved everyone, and he will be greatly missed by many. He had a big heart,” said Debra Murray.
Murray says her dad wanted to be independent.
At his age, he couldn’t drive anymore, but she says he always walked to get food at NW23rd and Geraldine.
That’s where the car hit him.
“The police came to my door,” said Murray. “They told me, and I was really in shock. I could not believe it. I kept saying, ‘Are you sure?’.”
It’s a feeling Kim Collins knows well. Her father, Junior Scott was killed in a hit and run nearly three years ago.
Then, on Thursday, a driver ran over her son, Jonathan, on his eighth birthday.
“I cried, and I screamed,” said Jonathan.
The drivers in all three cases are still on the road, adding to the long list that detectives work every day.
Police say hit and runs rarely end in injuries or a fatality.
Most hit and runs are fender benders in a parking lot, but investigators in Oklahoma City alone deal with an average of 300 a month.
The drivers who run rarely get caught.
While Jonathan pleads with the driver who hit him, “You need to slow down.”
Murray can only think how happy her father would be knowing the little boy survived, and how bad she feels for the driver who killed her father.
“I feel really bad for them. It must be an awful, awful thing to weigh on you,” said Murray. “I hope that they do turn themself in and get peace about it.”
Witnesses described the car that killed McClung as a black four door Mitsubishi or Honda with red grill and bumper and a racing stripe.
The car that hit the little boy is described as a black Chevrolet truck, possibly a Silverado.
Jonathan Collins’ family has set up a fund for him for those who want to donate toward his medical bills.
It is at BancFirst under the Jonathan Collins Benefit Fund.