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Posted: 3:29 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

Investigation continues into bicyclist's death as friends, family mourn

John Baluh
John Baluh (Photo Courtesy: Cal Quinlan)

By Russell Mills

TULSA, Okla. —

Tulsa police continue to investigate the death of a young man killed while riding his bicycle near the Tulsa Hills shopping center late Monday.

John Baluh, 21, worked at the Musclemaker Grill Restaurant in Tulsa Hills as a sous chef and night manager.

Owner Don Potvin tells KRMG Baluh was extremely popular with his co-workers, as well as with the restaurant's patrons.

When he was working the sauté station, Potvin says, he would entertain the kids with what he called a "fire show."

"He would take and flip a flame from one pan to another and the kids would cheer and applaud for him," he said.

Potvin says Baluh worked full-time at the restaurant, and also carried a full load at the University of Tulsa, where he was taking business courses.

Baluh's goal was to eventually open his own restaurant, according to Potvin.

He stressed several times what a fine young man Baluh was, and what a loss his death is for his family, friends, and co-workers.

"He really tried to make a positive impact on other people. He really wanted other people to succeed, he wanted other people to do well, and I just want John to be remembered for that."

Meanwhile, police tell KRMG that they did detain one driver at the scene, and that person was tested for impaired driving but was cleared and released.

Baluh was struck by more than one vehicle, however, and officers have not found the person who initially hit him.

They hope a witness, or the driver, will come forward with information.

Police had no information regarding a possible description of the vehicle.

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