Ardmore Police Department mourns the loss of one of their own today, following the fatality crash Wednesday that claimed the life of APD Police Training Manager Robert Hightower.


Ardmore Police Department mourns the loss of one of their own today, following the fatality crash Wednesday that claimed the life of APD Police Training Manager Robert Hightower.


Cpl. John Randolph, said Hightower died about 7:30 p.m. at the local hospital from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle-car crash at the intersection of  12th Avenue and B Street NW.


“A vehicle entered the intersection in front of him. The driver said she did not see (Hightower’s) motorcycle,” Randolph said. “He was taken to the hospital. They had called for an air ambulance and were preparing to air lift him to Oklahoma City. He died before that could happen.”


Hightower was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.


Hightower was hired as a civilian APD employee less than two months ago and also served as a reserve officer. In addition, Randolph said, he was  director of WOW Church.


“Robert had been a full time peace officer at Sapulpa from 1987 to 1998,” Randolph said. “He had served as a reserve officer here in Ardmore and as department chaplain from 2002 to 2005. His reserve status was activated again when he was hired full time in the civilian position. He was very happy to rejoin law enforcement.”


Randolph said the APD Honor Guard would conduct rites, “including the 21-gun salute" Saturday during interment services for Hightower.


Police Chief David Leonardo called Hightower’s death tragic.


“He was a valued member of the APD administration staff. He was a valued member of the community and the city. It’s a tragedy and we offer our condolences to his family,” Leonardo said.


Marsha Miller 221-6529
marsha.miller@ardmoreite.com