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CalamariKid
July 7th, 2004, 09:19 AM
July 7, 2004, 2:58AM

Motorcycle rider killed in collision with pickup
By MIKE GLENN
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

A motorcycle rider was killed late Tuesday when he struck an oncoming pickup that suddenly turned in his path, accident investigators said.

The victim, believed to be in his mid-20s, was riding south on Kuykendahl about 11 p.m. when the northbound pickup made an abrupt left turn onto Bammel Wood, Harris County Sheriff's deputies said.

"The motorcycle rider skidded, attempting to stop (but) he was unable to," said Sgt. Rolf Nelson, with the Harris County Sheriff's accident division.

The motorcycle then struck the side of the truck, leaving a large dent on the passenger side.

"The motorcycle rider was killed on impact. The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured," Nelson said.

Deputies said alcohol apparently didn't play a part in the fatal crash.

"Speed may be an issue but we're still working to determine if the motorcycle was speeding," Nelson said. "As far as the truck turning left in front of him, that's definitely a factor."

Accident investigators believe the motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet at the time. It apparently wasn't strapped on, however, because deputies later found it beneath the pickup truck.

The case will be referred to the Harris County District Attorney's Office to determine whether any charges will be filed.

I wonder how we can keep tabs on this case. I'd be interested in what the investigation of the cyclist's speed shows and whether the truck driver is charged.

Expect the Unexpected.

CalamariKid
July 8th, 2004, 12:39 PM
Motorcyclist who died in crash with truck ID'd
A motorcycle rider who was killed late Tuesday when he struck an oncoming pickup has been identified as Kambui Charles, police said.

Charles, 31, was riding south on Kuykendahl about 11 p.m. when the northbound pickup made an abrupt left turn onto Bammel Wood, Harris County sheriff's deputies said.

Charles was killed on impact. The pickup driver was uninjured.