Police update hit-and-run case in south Tulsa, seek public’s help
By John Dobberstein, Editor
The Tulsa Police Department is seeking the public’s help regarding a hit-and-run accident that occurred last Saturday in south Tulsa.
Christopher Key is in a coma at a local hospital after he was struck by a car at 10100 E. 91st St. in Tulsa early Saturday.
Police also clarified they have no evidence to suggest Key was being chased by anyone prior to him being struck by the car, although the investigation is continuing.
Previously, Key was driving his white Jeep Liberty around the area of 71st and Mingo. Witnesses reported seeing the Jeep traveling with both passenger side tires blown out and riding on the rims with sparks flying behind the wheels.
A witness followed the Jeep until it pulled into a parking lot at 9001 S. 101st E. Ave. right around midnight. Shortly after that, the victim left his vehicle and attempted to cross 91st St. just east of 101st e. Ave. and was hit by a vehicle traveling eastbound.
The victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and has been in a coma since the night of the collision.
Detectives recovered several car parts, and believe the car that hit the victim was probably a 2010-2012 Ford Fusion, color unknown at this time. The vehicle sustained a broken chrome grill and a black passenger side mirror was broken off at the scene.
If you saw the Jeep between 11:00 p.m. to midnight, or you think you saw the Ford Fusion mentioned above, detectives would like to hear from you.
Anyone with information is asked to call Tulsa Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS. You can remain anonymous when calling.
Please reference case 2022-037871.
Police added there are “numerous versions of events circulating about this incident.
“At this time we have zero evidence that supports the version where the victim was chased down and assaulted.
“We have 5 independent witnesses, so far, that saw this white Jeep driving down the road swerving and hitting curbs and none of the witnesses saw anybody chasing the vehicle. The dash cameras that were sent to us do not show anyone chasing him.
“We have no evidence so support that anyone assaulted the victim after he exited his vehicle.”
Police said the victim did not attempt to go to the medical center, video shows that he sat in his car for 8 minutes before exiting.
“None of the above is to take away from the fact that he did get struck by another vehicle and is in critical condition,” police said. “We absolutely, need your help in finding the driver of the car who struck him.
“If you have any evidence that can help with this investigation, we need you to contact us. Also, if you have evidence that shows something to support another version of events, please contact us.”