Monday, May 18, 2009

KPD Seeks Fatal Hit & Run Driver

Killeen Police are seeking the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run accident with a motorcyclist. The accident occurred Saturday night. The suspect vehicle is reported to be a maroon sedan, possibly a Dodge Intrepid.
The accident, involving a car and a motorcycle, occurred about 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of East VMB, a Killeen Police Department news release stated.

Orlando Rivera-Paz, 48, who was riding on the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at 8:59 p.m. Saturday by Justice of the Peace Don Engleking.

According to the preliminary investigation by KPD, Rivera-Paz was eastbound on a 2002 Honda motorcycle when the driver of a maroon colored vehicle, possibly a Dodge Intrepid, traveling westbound, turned south in front of the motorcycle, the release stated.

Rivera-Paz laid the motorcycle on its side before striking the vehicle's passenger side, the release stated. He then slid under the vehicle as it sped off south on Hillside Drive, running over Rivera-Paz. The driver failed to stop and render aid, the release stated. Source: Killeen Daily Herald
Visibility is a huge issue with motorcycles. Many drivers just don't see a motorcycle in traffic.

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