Father seeks answers in son's hit-and-run death

Posted at 8:23 PM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 09:48:34-04

Police are investigating a Monday morning hit-and-run leaving a local man dead.

Dylan Nicholson, 23, was found along Highway 11 near Pine and Memorial in Tulsa around 4 a.m. Police said it appeared the victim had been hit by a vehicle.

However, Dylan's father, Jason, said he is not convinced this was the case.

It's been three days since Dylan's body was found. It's been three days since his family has heard his voice.

"You know, he'd just like to laugh and have fun," Jason Nicholson, said.

It was a laugh his family will miss dearly, as they search for answers surrounding his death. Dylan's father said he didn't learn of his son's death until around 7:30 that morning. He said he heard there had been an incident on Highway 11, but never imagined it involved his son.

It was a situation that felt all too familiar.

"My mom was killed almost 24 years ago, hit-and-run, but nothing was ever done and found out about that," Jason said.

Now he fears the same thing is happening again.

Investigators say they're unsure how Dylan's body ended up where it did, and the last remaining evidence showing his location was at the QuikTrip on Memorial.

Surveillance video showed Dylan getting into a fight, and then taking off on foot. After that, it's unclear what happened to Dylan in the next hour and a half before his death.

"From 2:15 when they say he got out of the camera site for QuikTtrip and he was headed west through the parking lot at 2:25," Jason said. "Which I'm thinking he was trying to go west to go to 78th Street and then come up 78th and come to the house."

But he ended up on Highway 11 instead, in the opposite direction.

When paramedics found him, he had a black eye, bruised lip, and an injured leg. He died in the ambulance.

Investigators believe he was hit by a car but his family isn't so sure. Police said they are still investigating, but evidence is limited.

The family is asking police what happened in that hour before Dylan's death. They are begging police to gather more surveillance from surrounding businesses so they can begin healing.

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