Tulsa police search for driver that cut off motorcyclist


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Updated: 10/07/2013 6:54 pm Published: 10/07/2013 4:54 pm


On Saturday, a driver cut off a motorcyclist causing her to lose control and crash on the Broken Arrow Expressway at Sheridan.

Now, her son shares memories of his mother, and the search to find the person that cut her off, causing her to crash.

Tulsa police are looking for the driver who hit Deborah Vaught on Saturday. She died at the hospital on Sunday afternoon.

Family members told FOX23 Vaught was taken off life support around four on Sunday.

Her son said her death is harder to deal with knowing that other driver left the scene.

"She was a mother of 11 kids, very busy," her son Aaron Vaught told FOX23.

Vaught said his mom had just graduated college, her business was doing well, and then he got the call he didn't expect.

"My phone died. I finally got it put back on a charger and when I did I probably had 20 text messages, 30 missed calls, so I knew something was up," he said.

Saturday, just after noon, his mother was driving on the BA expressway when she was cut off by a car. She lost control and ended up hitting her head.

"Doctors said she was dead. Technically, brain dead so to speak, but the emotions were still coming out. If you touched her hand she would grab your hand. If you felt on her, told her you loved her, the tears started coming out," he said.

And so did his, remembering the last words he ever said to his mother.

"I did tell her I loved her for the first time in a long time," he said.

Knowing what happened stopped the tears, but it can help him find the peace, as his mother had: on the open road.

"Confused about how someone would be able to weave in and out of traffic and just leave knowing there's a motorcyclist right there," he said.

Vaught said his mother was always helping people and trying to give back.

Police are looking at some of the traffic cameras in that area of the BA expressway.

The Tulsa police said they are looking for a tan or brown car.

The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Claremore.


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annielee817 - 10/9/2013 11:26 PM
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I will never understand why people flee from the accident. How would this person feel if it were his mom, wouldn't he want the person to stop and help. You people driving need to WATCH for bikers..dont assume the lane is clear. Open your eyes and drive with caution. So sad that this wonderful lady lost her life at the hands of an uncaring person. God Bless her.

t town253 - 10/8/2013 11:14 AM
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Im confused. Did they cut her off AND hit her? She crashed....into what...the vehicle that cut her off???

outspoken92 - 10/8/2013 8:04 AM
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I am so sorry for your lose! I notice people on that highway often drive more extreme! We should have more officers patrol this highway!
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