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WITNESS SAW VICTIM “LAUNCHED INTO THE AIR”
Emergency responders were dispatched early Tuesday, February 14, to an accident scene beside IH-35 in Cotulla to find a motorcyclist fatally injured from a broadside collision with a pickup truck.
Deputies of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office joined troopers of the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol at the scene near the Fairfield Inn on the west-side highway access road after a witness to the crash reported that the biker was lying in the middle of the road, according to Sheriff Anthony Zertuche.
“The reports we were getting indicated that there was a man in the road with very serious injuries, particularly to his head and upper body,” the sheriff said Tuesday.
“Medics were dispatched immediately from the La Salle Fire Rescue and performed CPR for quite some time, but the motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries.”
The accident victim has been identified as Michael Dale Myers of Alice, Texas. Justices of the Peace Roxanna Rodriguez and Ernesto Ramirez were summoned to pronounce the man dead at the scene shortly after 8 a.m.
Preliminary reports on the deadly crash have indicated that the driver of a silver Ford F-250 Oklahoma-registered crew-cab work truck was traveling north on the IH-35 west-side access road and turned left near Pena Road, across the path of oncoming traffic, towards the driveway of the Fairfield Inn. His vehicle was broadsided by the motorcycle whose driver was not wearing a helmet, the sheriff said.
The driver of the pickup truck reported to officers at the scene that he had negotiated the turn towards the hotel when he felt the impact. Deputies reported finding damage to the Ford’s rear passenger-side door and bed.
“We heard from a witness who said he heard the sound of the impact and saw the motorcyclist launched into the air, possibly landing on his head,” Sheriff Zertuche said. “The case has been taken up by the Highway Patrol, which is investigating this fatality.”
The sheriff said on Tuesday that there has been no determination regarding who may have been at fault in the crash.