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Streetlights restored to working order at scene of fatal accident

Streetlights were put back in service this week at the NW 16 and Classen intersection, where a bicyclist was struck by a car and fatally injured early on March 21. [The Oklahoman Archive]
Streetlights were put back in service this week at the NW 16 and Classen intersection, where a bicyclist was struck by a car and fatally injured early on March 21. [The Oklahoman Archive]

Streetlights were restored to working order this week at an Oklahoma City intersection where a bicyclist was struck and fatally injured in a nighttime hit-and-run.

Chad Epley, 31, was bicycling west, away from downtown, on NW 16 when he was hit by a car going south on Classen Boulevard. 

Epley's bicycle was dragged 10 blocks, to NW 6 Street. Police released video of the car thought to be involved. Sparks are evident coming from the bicycle frame as it was dragged down the street.

The city said the streetlights at NW 16 and Classen were reported to the Action Center website as being out of order on Nov. 18, 2018.

The person who submitted the original notification contacted the Action Center on Dec. 12 to say the lights were still not working,

In mid-January, a utility company employee said by email that records showed the work was completed. Plans were to issue a new work order and have repairs done by Jan. 25.

Authorities have not said the non-working streetlights contributed to the accident.

The city council conducted a hearing Tuesday on streetlight maintenance. Non-working streetlights are a widespread problem in the city. 

Public Works officials released a timeline detailing an agreement to have out-of-order streetlights back in service by the end of September.




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Streetlights were put back in service this week at the NW 16 and Classen intersection, where a bicyclist was struck by a car and fatally injured early on March 21. [The Oklahoman Archive]

Streetlights were put back in service this week at the NW 16 and Classen intersection, where a bicyclist was struck by a car and fatally injured early on March 21. [The Oklahoman Archive]

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William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›

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