Riley Johnson; A Senior At Norman North High School Killed In Collision On Southbound Interstate
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Norman Public Schools, Riley Johnson, a senior at Norman North High School, was killed in a collision on Saturday morning on southbound Interstate 35 at the Tecumseh Road exit.
18-year-old Riley Johnson was operating a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette. He was pronounced dead there. The events that occurred, the health of the driver, and the cause of the collision are all being looked at, according to the troopers.
Johnson attended Norman North and the ExpandED online program, per the school system, and his passing was communicated to parents and classmates by text message. Riley Johnson, a senior at the school, was killed in a car accident earlier today, the district said in a statement.
“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the tragic loss of one of our senior students, Riley Johnson, who passed away in a car accident earlier today,” the statement said.
Senior Norman North was killed in a crash on I-35 on Saturday morning.
Johnson was a vehicle enthusiast who worked as a salesperson for Ferguson Buick GMC in Oklahoma City, according to his Facebook page. His friends claimed that when the accident occurred at around 9:16 a.m., he was returning from a car show.
“We understand that the news may be difficult to process, and we want to reassure students and parents that our school counselors will be available to provide support and guidance to any student or parent who needs it,” the school district said. “We encourage you to reach out to our counseling department or administration for assistance during this time.”
The crash resulted in a two-hour closure of all southbound lanes. Johnson was extricated from the car, according to the troopers, by the Norman Fire Department. He was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Oklahoma City.
A second vehicle, a 2021 Freightliner driven by Laurin B. Jordan, 46, of Dardanelle, Arkansas, was also involved, according to the highway patrol. Jordan was unharmed. According to troopers, all lanes were closed around 9:25 am and reopened at 11:42 am.