Sapulpa Man Identified As Driver In Fatal Tulsa Crash

Monday, May 8th 2017, 8:51 am

By: News On 6

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released the name of the man killed in a car accident near I-244 and Yale on Sunday.

Troopers say 34-year-old James Ripper lost control of his van and ran off I-244, slamming into several trees.

5/8/2017 Related Story: Driver Killed When Truck Crashes Through Trees In Tulsa

Troopers said Ripper, of Sapulpa, was partially ejected from the vehicle and he suffered injuries all over his body and died at the scene.

The OHP said he was pinned in his 2017 Savana van for nearly three hours before Tulsa firefighters were able to free him with the Jaws of Life.

No one else was in the vehicle with him.    

Troopers aren't sure what caused him to go off the road but witnesses said he was speeding. 

OHP said Ripper was not wearing a seatbelt. 


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