OKC Police Release Surveillance Video In Fatal Hit And Run


Thursday, February 14th 2013, 8:17 pm
By: News 9


New video is released in a deadly hit and run accident in northwest Oklahoma City.

On the day Joseph Helmka died the fog was so thick that the visibility was near zero on Oklahoma City streets. Now, surveillance video is giving the family only a glimpse of what happened.

For Jessica Helmka, the circumstances surrounding her father's tragic death remain as unclear as the video from the scene of the accident.

"I understand it was foggy so it could have been an accident but it's important for someone to come forward so we can put more closure to this," she said. 

Jessica lost her father, Joseph Helmka on February 6. Police discovered his severely injured body around 3 a.m. lying in the roadway near N.W. 10th Street and MacArthur Boulevard.

2/6/2013 Related Story: Bicyclist Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver On Foggy Road In NW OKC

"It's very hard on a person when they have lost someone to not have the full story," she said.

Surveillance video from a nearby business captured only the headlights of the car that hit Helmka. Still, Oklahoma City Police are hopeful someone will recognize the car seen driving immediately behind the hit and run vehicle. Master Sergeant Gary Knight said the driver of that car could be a witness.

"This person is not in any trouble," he said. "We just believe they may have witnessed the crash."

Police say it appears the potential witness was driving a light colored sports car and passed by the injured bicyclist just seconds after the accident. Both police and Jessica Helmka hope the witness will come forward and provide a description of the car who hit Jessica's father.

"It's sad for him to go suddenly and then no one come forward," she said. "It's pretty sobering."

If you have any information call Crimestoppers at 235-7300.