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Charges Filed in KFOR Sports Director’s Fatal Accident

Posted on July 8, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

Even here in Tulsa, the news spread quickly of the death of KFOR Sports Director Bob Barry Jr. The fatal accident that took his life occurred on June 20. On June 25, the man believed responsible for his death was charged with two felonies. It is not yet known whether additional charges will be filed.

Barry was traveling south on one of the state capital’s main thoroughfares through the city. The vehicle next to him in the right lane initiated an illegal U-turn directly into the path of his scooter. Barry had no time to attempt to avoid colliding with the driver’s side of the passenger car.

The injuries Barry suffered in the crash resulted in his demise. The driver of the car turns out to be in the United States illegally and does not have a valid driver’s license in any state. Moreover, police found cocaine in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Because he did not possess a valid driver’s license, state law allows prosecutors to charge the man with a felony driving offense, which carries penalties of $5,000 and up to five years in prison if convicted. He was also charged with cocaine possession, which is also a felony for which he could spend up to 10 years in prison if convicted, along with fines of $5,000.

People throughout Oklahoma — and perhaps some here in Tulsa — are questioning whether this fatal accident would even have occurred if the driver had not re-entered the country illegally. The answer to that question may never be known, but whether or not the Border Patrol is in any way culpable for Barry’s death could be an issue presented to a civil court judge. If Barry’s family successfully proves negligence in a wrongful death claim, surviving family members could receive an award of damages.

Source: kfor.com, “Man charged in death of KFOR Sports Director Bob Barry, Jr. has previously been returned to Mexico“, K. Querry and Kristen Shanahan, June 24, 2015

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