Racing or driving at high speeds on a motorcycle can be dangerous, particularly at times when visibility is low. Two motorcyclists may have learned this lesson the hard way this July 4th weekend. Both were killed in two separate incidents in the early morning hours of July 5th in Houston in incidents involving riding at high speeds.
A 32 year-old was killed while riding his black Kawasaki motorcycle at about 2:00 a.m. at or near the 5000 block of the West Loop South (Highway 610). He had been traveling on Highway 59 and exited the West Loop ramp when he struck the concrete barrier at a high rate of speed and flew over the barrier onto the ground below the elevated highway. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The second happened around 4:00 a.m. at the 7000 block of Bennington, when a black Harley-Davidson struck a curb at a high rate of speed. The bike was launched into a fence and landed about 40 feet away with the driver crashing behind the bike. The 52 year-old unidentified rider was found by passersby and later pronounced dead at LBJ hospital.
These motorcycle accidents show the risks and dangers of riding motorcycles at high speeds on Houston roadways. There is no telling whether these riders were cut-off by other vehicles or just lost control on their own. Its hard enough to see motorcycles, much less, black ones speeding through the dark. Please be careful and aware of your vulnerability if you ride in Houston traffic.