May 5, 2001
James "Mike" Nobles was looking forward to graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University on May 19, making plans in late April to attend the ceremony.
An alleged drunk driver struck and killed Nobles Monday night, April 30, on the Broken Arrow Expressway in Tulsa.
The 32-year-old husband and father was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics after the 7:30 p.m. collision near the Sheridan Road exit. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters, ages 5 and 3.
He was less than three weeks away from graduating from OBU with an associates degree in Christian studies through the Ministry Training Institute.
"We were looking forward to seeing Mike and his family at graduation," said Dr. Dick Rader, dean of religious life and director of MTI. "He had called just last week to make arrangements to be here for the senior reception and graduation. We are saddened by his untimely death."
Nobles had taken MTI courses in Tulsa since 1996.
"This was his last semester. I had just helped him put his rˇsumˇ together," said Michael Stick, who was one of NoblesÕ teachers at the MTI center at the Tulsa Metro Association office. "He was very excited about graduating and seeking work as a pastor."
Reportedly, Nobles was driving a Ford pickup west on the expressway when he apparently ran out of gasoline and pulled onto the shoulder.
Police reports say while Nobles was pouring gasoline into the truck, Lawrence Montigue, who was driving a Ford LTD westbound, crossed onto the shoulder and struck Nobles and the pickup with the right side of the car.
Nobles was thrown about 50 yards from the point of impact.
According to police reports, Montigue's speed was estimated at 55 mph. Police said they found open cans of beer in the car.
"This just leaves you with more questions than answers," said Veronica Stick, who knew Nobles through his MTI participation at the associational office.