Janet Barber

Grove Sun

DELAWARE COUNTY – Two separate motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of two men and injured a Jay woman over the weekend.

Brian R. Tippett, 38 of Vinita lost his life on Friday, May 7, at 11:24 p.m. on Hwy 85A two miles west of Bernice.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, Tippett was riding his 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Hwy 85A when he lost control on a curve, left the highway to the left and came to rest in a ditch. He expired at the scene due to massive injures. The trooper cited the cause of the accident as unsafe speed. A helmet was not in use.

On Saturday night at 10:05 p.m., Raymond Ricks, 51, and Karlene Ricks, 54, both of Jay, were riding their 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on State Highway 20, two and a half miles west of Jay when their motorcycle went out of control, left the pavement to left and traveled down an embankment. The driver was ejected 60 ft off the roadway and the passenger, 40 feet off the roadway. The motorcycle traveled 75 feet before coming to rest.

Raymond Ricks was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries.

Karlene was transported by Air-Evac to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa with head, internal and external injures and arm and leg injuries. She is listed in critical condition.

According to the trooper’s report, unsafe speed was the cause of the accident and there was an odor of alcohol on the driver. Neither the driver, nor the passenger were wearing helmets.