2 die in motorcycle accidents overnight
Published 1:06 pm, Thursday, July 4, 2013
Two motorcyclists died a couple of hours apart in separate accidents overnight, police said.
At 2 a.m. Thursday, a 30-year-old man, who has not been identified, was driving his Kawasaki motorcycle southbound on the Southwest Freeway. While trying to get on the West Loop exit ramp, he hit the concrete wall. He was ejected from his bike, flew over the wall and landed on the ground, police said.
He died at the scene.
Two hours later, a 52-year-old man driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle failed to stay in a single lane in the 7000 block of Bennington, police said.
The man, who has not been identified, veered out of control and struck an iron fence. A passerby later noticed him lying next to his motorcycle and called emergency services. There were no witnesses to the crash. He was taken to LBJ Hospital, where he died.
The crash is still under investigation and an autopsy will determine whether alcohol was a factor.
HPD spokesman Victor Senties urged caution while driving during the holiday.
"Those speed limits signs are there for a reason," Senties said. "People use extra caution driving or operating a motorcycle like that. We don't want to end in a tragedy like they did."