Update: Police identify man killed in Norman motorcycle collision

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Update 7/16 – Police have identified the man killed in a motorcycle collision in Norman.

Tuesday afternoon emergency crews responded to an injury collision on East State Highway 9.

A preliminary investigation indicated Billy Becknell, 59, was driving a truck pulling a trailer when he pulled into the left lane and prepared to turn.

Becknell stopped or slowed to wait for other traffic to clear.

Thomas Cotrone, 36, was driving a Yamaha motorcycle and entered the same turn lane.

Cotrone made contact with the rear of the pickup’s trailer and was transported to the hospital where he later passed away as a result of his injuries.

Officials say Cotrone is a former Norman Police Officer.

He was wearing his helmet at the time of the collision.

Police say it does not appear any criminal charges will be requested.


NORMAN, Okla. – Drivers in Cleveland County may be forced to take a detour after a deadly accident shut down a busy roadway.

On Tuesday afternoon, authorities were called to Hwy 9, near S.E. 108th St., after a motorcycle was involved in an accident along the highway.

Initial reports say the accident claimed the life of one person.

Norman police have closed down Hwy 9 near that intersection and are detouring drivers away from the scene.

At this time, the victim’s identity is not being released.

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