• Police: Information from OnStar helped lead to arrest in deadly south Tulsa hit-and-run

    By: Jenny Young

    Updated:

    TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa police arrested a suspect in a December 4th hit and run crash.

    Police say a car and a motorcycle collided near 66th and Memorial around 2 a.m. on December 4th, and then the car took off. Kevin Rea died in the crash. 

    They say the motorcycle was headed southbound on Memorial when the driver of the vehicle reportedly ran a red light at 66th and drove across Memorial into the rider.

    Police say the motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Police said another motorcyclist stopped and tried to save the victim's life before emergency crews were able to arrive to the scene.

    Officers say they found the suspect's vehicle later, but they were not able to find a driver at the time. 

    The suspect, later identified as Earl Joseph Barnett, was arrested on January 23rd. 

    Tulsa County Jail

    Police said they were able to find the suspect after OnStar gave them the driver's name and information after the crash. Further investigation reportedly revealed that Barnett had talked to OnStar the night of the incident.

    Police said they used cell phone records to develop a map to show that Barnett was in the area at the time of the collision, and they said later abandoned the vehicle.


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