Oklahoma dentist dies after being hit by vehicle during bike ride

An Edmond family and the community are grieving the loss of a beloved husband, father and dentist killed in a bike crash over the weekend.>> Related: Bicyclist in Logan County killed after hit by carDr. Richard Safi was out for an afternoon bike ride around 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 77 in Guthrie when a pickup truck hit him.”The bicycle rider had a helmet on, had all the necessary equipment. Things like that,” Trooper Eric Foster said. “It’s just very unfortunate that something like this happened.”The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Safi, 52, was out riding when a GMC Sierra hit him from behind.”Oklahoma Highway Patrol right now is investigating the causation by pulling a lot of data from the vehicle,” Foster said.Safi and an 85-year-old woman driving the Sierra were going north on U.S. 77. Troopers said it’s unclear why the driver didn’t see Safi.First responders took Safi to OU Medical Center, where he later died.”He had a God-given talent in his profession, and he was the best. And his patients from far and wide adored him,” Safi’s wife, Lezel, said in a statement. “He came to Oklahoma from Afghanistan at age 7 with what his mother had in her purse. Everything he accomplished and we have is from his unwillingness to give up. He was my rock and incredible man and father.”The two would have been together 31 years in June.”As the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, our heart goes out to them,” Foster said.Thoughts and prayers from Safi’s patients flooded social media. “I was one of the weird kids who genuinely loved going to the dentist because of him, and I’m positive I’m not the only person who he had this effect on,” Taylor Landis said in a post.It’s unclear if the driver will be charged. Troopers said possible charges would come from the Logan County District Attorney’s Office.

An Edmond family and the community are grieving the loss of a beloved husband, father and dentist killed in a bike crash over the weekend.

>> Related: Bicyclist in Logan County killed after hit by car

Dr. Richard Safi was out for an afternoon bike ride around 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 77 in Guthrie when a pickup truck hit him.

“The bicycle rider had a helmet on, had all the necessary equipment. Things like that,” Trooper Eric Foster said. “It’s just very unfortunate that something like this happened.”

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Safi, 52, was out riding when a GMC Sierra hit him from behind.

“Oklahoma Highway Patrol right now is investigating the causation by pulling a lot of data from the vehicle,” Foster said.

Safi and an 85-year-old woman driving the Sierra were going north on U.S. 77. Troopers said it’s unclear why the driver didn’t see Safi.

First responders took Safi to OU Medical Center, where he later died.

“He had a God-given talent in his profession, and he was the best. And his patients from far and wide adored him,” Safi’s wife, Lezel, said in a statement. “He came to Oklahoma from Afghanistan at age 7 with what his mother had in her purse. Everything he accomplished and we have is from his unwillingness to give up. He was my rock and incredible man and father.”

The two would have been together 31 years in June.

“As the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, our heart goes out to them,” Foster said.

Thoughts and prayers from Safi’s patients flooded social media.

“I was one of the weird kids who genuinely loved going to the dentist because of him, and I’m positive I’m not the only person who he had this effect on,” Taylor Landis said in a post.

It’s unclear if the driver will be charged. Troopers said possible charges would come from the Logan County District Attorney’s Office.

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