A motorcyclist from Guthrie was killed on Oct. 12 after being struck by a suspected drunk driver on Interstate 35, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
About 1:25 a.m., Bryan Frank Perry, 47, was driving a 2013 Mercedes-Benz C6G north on the highway between 15th and 33rd streets, when he allegedly struck the motorcycle. Hit from behind, the impact sent the motorcyclist, identified as Nicholas Benedetto Rappa, 31, into the roadway where he was hit by at least one more vehicle. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following the collision, Perry, 47, of Edmond continued north on the highway before driving off the road, crashing into a light pole and taking off on foot. He was located by Edmond police and taken into custody.
Perry, a cardiologist with the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, was arrested for manslaughter, DUI and failure to report and render aid at the scene of a fatal collision.
Rappa was a licensed perfusionist and instructor in the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center’s Dept. of Surgery, according to profiles.ouhsc.edu.
Rappa leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter.
Perry was involved in accident in 2012 where he allegedly hit a trooper. According to KFOR-TV, court documents said Perry was also “extremely unsteady on his feet, had a very strong odor of alcohol about his breath and person and had extremely slurred speech.” He also has six speeding violations from 2005 to 2016 in Oklahoma and Canadian Counties.
OHP labeled the cause of the accident as ‘alcohol-DUI’ in their report. The crash remains under investigation.
The OHP is asking for anyone who witnessed Perry or Rappa before or during the crash to call the OHP Communications Center at 405-425-2323.