NORMAN, Okla. – A Del City man is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with a deadly wrong-way crash in Norman early Monday morning.
Authorities said Robert Norris, 33, was driving his Chevy Silverado pickup truck southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35 near Main St. in Norman around 3 a.m. when he crashed into a motorcyclist.
Police said the motorcycle was being driven by Paul Campbell, 43.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Norris was not injured.
Officials said Norris got on the interstate, going the wrong direction, at some point near Moore.
“He struck a vehicle in Moore and continued to go south before he struck the motorcycle,” said Lt. Kera Philippi with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “He struck the motorcycle head-on.”
Philippi said Norris was booked into Cleveland County Jail on multiple charges, including second-degree murder; driving with a cancelled, suspended or revoked license and DUI – his second.
A charge of second-degree murder has since been filed in Cleveland County court, according to online court records.
Philippi said Norris’ blood alcohol content was .17 – more than twice the legal limit.
“You have another driver out here, wasn’t doing anything wrong. Just a victim of really poor circumstances,” Philippi said. “We hate to see anyone lose their life in any accident, let alone something that could have been prevented. That’s what’s really frustrating for us.”