Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run after a jogger was found dead Tuesday morning on the 9500 block of South Sheridan Road.
Tulsa Police Cpl. Steve Wood said the Tuesday morning death in south Tulsa resulted from a hit-and-run, vehicle-pedestrian collision. Wood identified the victim as Michael Reid, 49, of Tulsa.
"We would love a phone call," Wood said. "We've already gotten a phone call from someone driving down the turnpike and noticed a car stopped up here."
Reid was chief accountability officer at Sapulpa Public Schools. He previously served as principal of Sapulpa's middle school and Freedom Elementary, and before that, worked as a ranking administrator at the Oklahoma State Department of Education and a math teacher in the Yukon and Muskogee districts.
"It is a very difficult way to start the semester," said Sapulpa's Interim Superintendent Rob Armstrong. "We're going to miss Michael as a professional and what he did for us in the district and our students. He was a very positive presence and very positive with kids and he loved education."
Reid was running along the Creek Turnpike trail when he attempted to cross South Sheridan Road. He was struck by a northbound vehicle that fled the scene, Tulsa Police Cpl. Wood said.
The car hit the jogger, whom police later identified as Reid, early Tuesday morning. A passing driver reported the death at about 5:45 a.m. Wood said the jogger, dressed in bright clothing, was thrown a "pretty good distance."
Reid "was doing his job" as a pedestrian, Wood said, referring to the bright clothing Reid was wearing.
Investigators recovered parts that they suspect are from the hit-and-run vehicle. Wood said there were remnants of Reid's clothes on the car parts.
Wood said police will have to rely heavily on public information to find a suspect. Though the fatal hit-and-run happened on a road reportedly trafficked lightly in the early morning hours, Wood said the collision likely happened shortly before a passer-by reported it.
"We would love some help from the public on this," he said.
Anyone with information may contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 918-596-COPS (2677), online at p3tips.com/918 or through the Tulsa Tips app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play or iTunes stores.
Armstrong said outside of his life's work, Reid was a devoted family man who was passionate about running and his love for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
"I worked directly with him for the 3 1/2 years I've been at Sapulpa and he was just an outstanding individual," Armstrong said. "He loved baseball and specifically, the St. Louis Cardinals, so we talked about local high school baseball and professional baseball when we had a chance. We're going to miss him as a professional, but we're also going to miss him as a person and friend. His wife is an administrator in Jenks and a fantastic person — just good people with a lot of good people around them."
Reid's wife, Linda Hasler Reid, was Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in 2007 and currently serves as principal of Jenks East Intermediate School.
In Sapulpa, educators returned to work Tuesday after winter break, so all have been notified, Armstrong said. Students are set to return Wednesday and school counselors will be available to any student or staffer "for the foreseeable future."