Loved ones remember two killed in Broken Arrow crash

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 20:48:42-05

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Loved ones are reeling over the loss of two people in a crash in Broken Arrow.

Noah Schriner, 17, and Tracy Fulps, 51, were killed in a head-on collision on New Orleans and 23rd Streets.

Noah Schriner was a member of The Pride of Broken Arrow. His mother, Lorna, said he planned to go to University of Tulsa in the fall to study chemical engineering and hopefully go on to medical school.

"He was a perfectionist. He wanted to do the best at everything," Lorna Schriner said.

Schriner was on his way home from a friend's house when the crash happened. He was only about a mile from his home.

His mother said she drove by the wreck and had a passing thought that she hoped it was not him.

"Then he wasn't home," his mother said. "(I was) blowing up his phone. (Noah's sister) and I finally gave up and started eating pizza and there was a knock a the door."

No one could have prepared her for who was on the other side.

"The loss is so profound that it's not really there," Lorna Schriner said. "I know that time will come when I’ll have friends and family to call when my legs won’t hold me anymore."

She laid her son to rest on Wednesday at a country church. More than 600 people showed up.

Lorna Schriner said she is numb. Her family is relying on the memories of Noah that his friends are sharing.

"He was so public with his faith and sharing his faith with others and his hope," she said. "Many people have told us that encourages them to be better people and they want to step up to be the kind of person Noah was."

His mother said she does not wish her last interaction with her son had been any different. She told him the same thing she did every day.

"The last thing I said to him when he was about to leave his friend's house, 'I love you,'" she said.

Schriner said they are praying for the strength to survive this unimaginable tragedy.

The Broken Arrow Youth Football Association is also devastated by the loss of their coworker Fulps.

"Tracy was amazing," Chad Lott, her coworker and friend, said. "One of the things I've always said about her is she was beautiful on the inside and out. If you knew Tracy, then you knew that. She never said 'no.' She was always energetic, always on the move, always looking to make things better."

Fulps gave her time to the non-profit for 17 years working with the cheerleaders.

"Tracy wasn’t afraid of anything," Lott said. "She would go right up to them and tell them what they needed to do and get on to them when they needed to be gotten on to, just like a mom. But you knew that she loved you and she was trying to make you better just like a coach."

She also worked at the Tiger's Den store. It is closed this week while her coworkers process the loss of their friend.

Lott said she always greeted customers with a smile and knew them by name.

He said she dedicated her life to the betterment of children in Broken Arrow.

"The joy in their eye for allowing them to do what it is that they want to do and accomplish their goals... that’s what gave her spark," Lott said.

Fulps will be laid to rest on Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Assembly in Broken Arrow.

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