OKC Police Arrest Driver Involved In Fatal Hit-And-Run At Wal-Mart Parking Lot
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City police have arrested a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed an employee of a Wal-Mart neighborhood market early Friday morning.
According to police, at about 3:15 a.m., officers responded to the report of a disturbance in the area of Hefner and N. Rockwell. Police learned that the suspect, 21-year-old Jabari Berry, had been creating a disturbance the Crest Store.
Police said they initially learned that there were two victims at Crest who were assaulted by someone inside the store. One victim was a Crest employee, the other was likely a shopper. Both victims were punched three to five times in the face. Both had a busted lip and swollen faces. EMSA responded to the scene, but they refused to be transported to the hospital.
Police told News 9 that it's unclear if Berry or the other people with him were the ones who assaulted the victims at Crest.
After being kicked out of the store, Berry and several other individuals then got into a red SUV. Berry drove the SUV across the street to the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.
It was in the Neighborhood Market parking lot that Berry struck a 53-year-old Rodney Lynch with his vehicle.
Police said Lynch was a Wal-Mart employee who was simply walking to his vehicle. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounce deceased.
Officers followed up on a lead and were able to locate Berry at a northwest Oklahoma City home. He was taken into custody and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on complaints of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatality collision and causing a fatality collision while not being licensed.
Police said additional charges could be added.
Another person was also arrested on a warrant unrelated to this case.
A GoFundMe Account has been set up for the family Rodney Lynch to help with funeral expenses.