Former Tulsa band director killed in crash

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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 10/15/2013 9:25 am Published: 10/14/2013 4:13 pm

Students and staff at two local high schools are grieving the death of a band director killed in a weekend car wreck.

FOX23 has learned Zach Roddy's car slid off wet pavement and crashed on the Creek Turnpike in Broken Arrow early Saturday morning.

Roddy was the band director at Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences last year and he also had worked with the Pride of Owasso, the high school marching band.

This year he had taken a job in Bentonville, Arkansas.

FOX23's Janna Clark talked to his friend who was in that accident with Roddy.

Peter Hilborn told FOX23 he was Roddy's best friend and they both had worked at Owasso with the kids.

Hilborn has a fractured sternum and badly bruised body.

"I have a huge thing on the back of my head," he said.

Hilborn said he's not sure how the crash happened, but when he woke up in the car he couldn't find Roddy.

"My whole arm was bleeding," he said.

He finally flagged down a car, a guy he'd like to thank.

"He took off his Thunder shirt and wrapped it around my arm," he said.

Hilborn went to the hospital and learned later that Roddy died.

"We're kind of like each other's mentors. Just talk about life and work and music and education," he said.

This year, Roddy and Hilborn were living in Arkansas. Roddy was the band director at Bentonville.

They were headed to Tulsa for a high school band competition.

Both Owasso High School and Tulsa School for Arts and Sciences are putting together memorial services for Roddy.

TSAS released this statement about Roddy's death: 

"We at TSAS are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague, teacher, and friend Zach Roddy in a car accident early Thursday morning on the Creek Turnpike. Zach worked as our Jazz Director, Orchestra Director and much more from August of 2010 until he left in June of 2013 to teach at Bentonville High School.

"Zach touched many students during his time at TSAS, encouraging the musicians and many others in his classes and advisory group. In addition, as a vital part of our close community Zach was loved by every teacher and staff member. Zach was at the beginning of a bright career and he will be missed sorely."

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Unwashed Mass - 10/15/2013 11:05 AM
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OHP speculated he was texting, despite no evidence of that, and witness statements to the contrary. There must be a quota on texting and driving arrests, even if you have to slander someone to make them.

karlschneider - 10/14/2013 6:24 PM
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I don't think it should be a crime to not wear a seat belt, but it sure is stupid. Sad end to a young life.
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