Tahlequah Daily Press

November 2, 2012

Former local man killed in Tulsa while riding bike

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tulsa man with Tahlequah ties was killed Monday while riding his bicycle near the Tulsa Hills shopping center.

Published reports indicated John Paul Baluh, 21, was struck by more than one vehicle wile he was eastbound on West 71st Street. KRMG reported Tulsa police detained one driver at the scene and performed an impaired driving test on the individual, who was cleared and released.

Police have not located the driver of the car that initially struck Baluh. They have urged any witnesses to come forward with information.

Baluh was employed as a sous chef and night manager for the Musclemaker Grill Restaurant, which is located in Tulsa Hills. He was also a full-time student at the University of Tulsa, where he studied business. He and his siblings attended Catholic school in Tulsa, but they had lived in Tahlequah, where their mother, Hope, is chief of surgery at W.W. Hastings Hospital.

Baluh’s employer told a Tulsa radio station that Baluh was very popular with co-workers and patrons, especially children. Musclemaker Grill Restaurant owner Don Potvin told KRMG that Baluh performed a sort of “fire show” for kids as entertainment while he worked the saute’ station. Potvin told the radio station  Baluh had a goal of opening his own restaurant.

Baluh is a 2010 graduate of Cascia Hall in Tulsa and a 2012 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. A 10 a.m. funeral service is being held for Baluh today at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Tahlequah.