Family Holds Vigil For Tulsa Man Killed In Hit & Run

Friday, January 28th 2022, 9:19 pm

TULSA, Oklahoma -

Friends and family of a man killed by a hit and run driver held a balloon release on January 28 near the crash site.

Tulsa Police said a driver hit and killed Ryan Carranza as he was walking down Yale near Admiral over the weekend.

Ryan's friends and family said he was a caring and good man with his whole life ahead of him.

Lantz Park filled up with Ryan Carranza's friends and family who traveled near and far to release balloons in his honor.

"He loved sports, he was a family man, he loved being around family, friends," said Emilio Carranza.

Ryan's older brother Emilio Carranza said Ryan loved his family and all of his nieces and nephews.

Ryan worked with Emilio at his painting business. Emilio said his brother was a hard worker.

Ryan also loved the Dallas Cowboys, so they chose silver and blue balloons to release.

"He's a hard worker, a really nice guy," said Ruben Saldivar. "He touched a lot of people, he knew a lot of people, he was a good soul."

Early on morning of January 22, Ryan was walking home when he crossed the street on Yale.

Tulsa Police said someone driving a Blue Toyota hit and killed Ryan before taking off.

Ruben Saldivar is a family friend and lives right near the scene. He was even there when Ryan died.

Saldivar said this area has had many deadly accidents like this one.

"A lot of people come through here racing 90 or 100 miles per hour with no regards, no care," Saldivar said.

Emilio said it's been devastating, especially since there haven't been any arrests.

"It's sad when something like this happens and you don't have answers," said Emilio.

But all these people, who loved Ryan dearly, are helping Emilio and his family get through it.

"I don't feel alone having the family here," added Emilio.

Police said they're still actively working this case.

If you have any information, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 918-506-COPS.