“They ran over him,” Family mourning loss of man killed in taxi accident

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma family is mourning after an accident claimed the life of their loved one.

Authorities said 61-year-old David Chupco and 50-year-old Catherine Rylands were hit by a taxi while trying to cross the street near S.E. 44th and Bryant.

David died on the scene.

Now, David's family is trying to make sense of the tragedy.

“He worked hard all his life. He was a good man. He didn't hurt nobody,” said Lucinda Chupco.

On Saturday night, the 61-year-old was helping his friend in a wheelchair get across the street when the two were hit by a man driving a taxi.

Flowers sit on the spot where David died.

Ryland survived and was taken to the hospital.

“The wheelchair added some protection to her. It absorbed some of the force of the crash. That's probably what has allowed her to live up to this point,” said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Police said it was all an accident, but David's family calls it something else.

“I just feel like it's murder. They killed my dad. They ran over him,” Lucinda said.

The taxi driver has not been charged for what happened.

“It appears the man pushing the wheelchair did not see the car coming. That's when he pushed the wheelchair right out into the intersection,” Knight said.

Those who live in this area agree that it's hard to see at night.

“Is it because it's this area or what? I'm sure, if it were a better area, they would have crosswalks, they would have lights,” Lucinda said.