Man, Boy Hit By Vehicle In Hit-And-Run Crash Overnight In SW OKC


Wednesday, August 11th 2021, 4:17 pm
By: Anjelicia Bruton


OKLAHOMA CITY -

A family is begging people to come forward after their loved one was one of two people hit while riding bicycles in southwest Oklahoma City.

Two people were hurt in a hit-and-run crash. Now, police are looking for the driver who hit them.

Oklahoma City police were called shortly after 2:45 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a hit-and-run crash involving a bicycle.

Darrell W. Hopkins, 39, and a 10-year-old boy were riding bikes in the outside eastbound lane in the 2600 block of SW 15th Street near May Avenue. An unidentified vehicle hit them and did not stop, police said.

“The child is going to be OK. He had only suffered minor injuries, but the adult suffered significant injuries,” Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

The child was taken to OU Children's Hospital and Hopkins was taken to OU Medical Center in critical condition.

“The first thing that went through my mind, because the officer said that he wasn't going to make it, was, 'oh my god, we're losing another family member,'" said Tina Dahling, Hopkins’ sister.

Dahling said she was shocked to receive the call that her brother was in critical condition with significant head trauma.

“The only thing going through our mind is that he's dead because they said they were going to have the chaplain call us, and usually when they say they are going to have the chaplain call us, nine times out of 10, that means he's dead,” Dahling said.

Dahling hopes her brother pulls through after taking the brunt of the hit when he pushed the young child out of the way. She also mentioned she doesn't know the child.

“We want justice. I mean, the guy should've stayed, at least, you know, for the cops. He wouldn't have gotten in trouble if it was an accident,” Dahling said.

“We don't have a description of the driver, but from the pieces of the vehicle left at the scene, we're able to determine it's a black Nissan Altima. Probably a newer vehicle, not brand new, but probably a newer vehicle,” Knight said.

Officers said the Nissan should have damage to the front end of the passenger's side. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.