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Police still searching for vehicle that killed cyclist

Little information has come to light a week since a local chef was killed after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike on Classen Boulevard.

“Nothing that’s pointed us in the direction of a suspect,” said Master Sgt. Gary Knight, spokesman for the Oklahoma City Police Department. “We’re always poring over the evidence, these types of investigations take weeks to do, about a couple of weeks normally on a fatal crash.”

It was about 2:40 a.m. on March 21, when Chad Ryan Epley, 31, was struck while riding the bicycle through the intersection of NW 16 and Classen Boulevard. The vehicle that struck Epley continued south on Classen Boulevard, dragging the bicycle until it became dislodged near NW 6 and Western Avenue.

Epley, a co-executive chef at Vast in downtown Oklahoma City, was taken to OU Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

“We’ve put information out to the public, and we’ve talked to everybody that we can talk to,” Knight said. “We’re looking at surveillance video, trying to see if we can get anything better than what we have and more definitive than what we have.”

Last week, police released surveillance video that showed the vehicle suspected of striking Epley. Described as a “black sedan,” sparks could be seen coming from the vehicle as it dragged the bicycle near NW 12 and Western Avenue.

Knight said the vehicle involved likely sustained front-end damage and damage to the vehicle’s undercarriage. A picture posted on social media Wednesday of a damaged black car abandoned in a parking lot near NW 7 and Classen Boulevard was sent to police, but the vehicle is not tied to the incident, officials said.

Knight said investigators have talked to people in the area who may have witnessed the collision, but surveillance video is more likely to produce results.

“This was a late-night crash, so surveillance cameras are probably going to be the eyes that were on it,” Knight said.

Knight said the best way to relay information about the wreck or the suspect vehicle is through Crime Stoppers at 235-7300, where callers can remain anonymous.

“If it’s someone you know, you don’t have to worry about them finding out about it. If you have that information you can call us and that trail will never lead back to you,” Knight said.

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<strong>Drone image of NW 16th and Classen intersection.</strong>

Drone image of NW 16th and Classen intersection.

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