A well-known Oklahoma City inventor was killed over the weekend in a hit-and-run accident as he carried groceries home from a nearby store.
Jack McClung, 79, the inventor of Blue Stuff, a joint relief ointment made from emu oil, was struck by a vehicle about 3 p.m. Sunday while crossing NW 23 at Geraldine Avenue.
McClung was taken to OU Medical Center, where he died, according to the police report.
Police in a helicopter and officers on the ground searched the area but didn’t find the driver, who was seen leaving the scene and traveling south into a nearby neighborhood.
The car is described as a black four-door Mazda or Honda with a red front fender, red grill and red pinstripes down the side.
Witnesses were unable to get a tag number, police said.
Anyone with information can call 911.
McClung, a Comanche County native, developed Blue Stuff about 20 years ago, according to the Jack’s Homeopathic Answer website.
Articles published in The Oklahoman since 2002 indicated Blue Stuff Inc. recorded sales upward of $80 million with McClung as its owner and founder. The company was a recipient of the Venture of the Year Award from the Oklahoma Venture Forum and Oklahoma Investment Forum.
In 2004, McClung turned control of the company over to his daughter, Debra Murray, under the name Blue Springs International.
McClung continued to sell a line of pain relief products at Jack’s Homeopathic Answer, 4220 NW 23.
The store was closed Monday. A sticker in the corner of an upper window warned the “premises are protected by an old man with loaded shotgun.”
Calls to Jack’s Homeopathic Answer and Blue Springs International were not immediately returned Monday.