Friends remember life of Bryan County motorcycle rider hit and killed on US 69

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COLBERT, Okla. (KXII) - Police are searching for a person who hit and killed a Bryan County man trying to merge onto Highway 69 Saturday afternoon.

"I can't believe how much fun we did have."

Glen Barnett met his best friend Ray White four years ago, playing bingo at the Choctaw Casino.

"We got to talking about motorcycles," Barnett said.

The two clicked.

Barnett ended up buying a motorcycle of his own, and they began to ride everywhere together.

"Ray lived life 100 percent. Anything he wanted to do, he rode. Raining, snowing, he just loved his motorcycle," Barnett said.

White died Saturday afternoon on his way to visit Barnett like he does almost every day.

Troopers said the 64-year-old was trying to merge onto Southbound Highway 69 from the Love's travel stop exit in Colbert around 2:30 p.m.

Colbert Police said something happened and White had to lay his bike down.

"He had a collision, fell out into the highway," said Lt. Scott Hampton with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. "There were other cars involved."

Colbert Police said someone driving a black four-door Honda Civic hit and killed White.

The person got out briefly but then drove off when bystanders started performing CPR on him.

Hampton said the motorcycle crash began a chain reaction involving three other cars rear-ending one another. Nobody was hurt in those crashes.

"Make sure they leave room, and just put everything down inside your cab and focus on the roadway."

Barnett said White was a welder for about 35 years and has three children he adores.
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"Wasn't a day that went by we didn't talk. The guy loved his family. His family and his motorcycle," Barnett said.

Barnett has a message for the person who hit his best friend.

"Come forward, be a man or woman and say hey, 'I accidentally ran over him,' it would be great."

He says White was one of a kind, and will be missed.

''He was always happy-go-lucky, he never had a problem," Barnett said. "He was an amazing guy."

If you have any information on who was driving the black Honda, call Colbert Police.



 
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