3 Troopers Injured In Serious OKC Crash During Procession For Fallen Tulsa Officer; New Details Released

Thursday, July 2nd 2020, 10:59 pm
By: Brieon Sumlin

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released new information Thursday night of a serious crash on the Kilpatrick Turnpike that sent three troopers to the hospital.

The troopers were taking part in a procession to escort the body of fallen Tulsa police officer, Sgt. Craig Johnson, from Tulsa to LifeShare Transplant Donor Services in Oklahoma City, officials said.

Read: Multiple Troopers Injured In OKC Crash During Motorcade Procession For Fallen Tulsa Police Officer

Johnson was one of two officers shot Monday during a traffic stop. He later died from his injuries.

Related: Tulsa Police Sergeant Dies From Injuries Suffered During Shooting

Investigators said during the procession Thursday morning the driver of an Infiniti QX80 pulled over onto the westbound shoulder to allow the motorcade to pass by. Officials said Trooper Rocky Barnes, who was leading the motorcade also on the westbound shoulder, struck the back of the parked Infiniti. According to the report, Barnes’ motorcycle then went into the westbound lanes and collided with other OHP motorcycles. 

Barnes and two other troopers, identified as Trooper Steve Eason and Trooper Ron Watson, all sustained injuries in the crash. Eason and Watson were treated at a local hospital and released. Barnes remains hospitalized in an unknown condition but is expected to recover, according to officials.

OHP said the driver of the Infiniti was legally parked and did not violate any traffic laws.