East Tulsa street racing leaves one dead

Street race in east Tulsa leaves one man in jail and another dead

TULSA, Okla. — Police say a street race near 51st and Memorial in east Tulsa turned deadly when a man took too quick of a left turn and collided with a motorcyclist, throwing him 84 feet to his death.

This happened just after 9 p.m., Friday night.

Police day Fred Winters is in jail facing charges in connection to second-degree manslaughter. Police say Winters doesn’t have a license or insurance on his vehicle.

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Tulsa police say Fred Winters is now in jail for 2nd degree manslaughter after being involved in a street racing incident that left one person dead on May 22, 2020.
Tulsa police say Fred Winters is now in jail for 2nd degree manslaughter after being involved in a street racing incident that left one person dead on May 22, 2020. (Tulsa County Jail)

Although Winters denies racing at the time of the crash, witnesses told police they saw Winters drag racing with another car at that time.

Police say the motorcyclist was speeding but not a part of the race. Police also say if he was wearing a helmet, he would have had a better chance of living through it.

Police say this is the earliest they’ve seen people get out and start street racing -- they believe people are itching to get out after being on lockdown because of the coronavirus.

Police say one way or another, they are going to get more patrol cars in that area to make it more safe.