According to a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation, an Odessa man died in Glasscock County over the weekend after he was ejected from his motorcycle and then hit by a passing vehicle.
56-year-old Jamie Duran was driving on west State highway 158 about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday when he ran into a deer. He started veering across the roadway and was then ejected from his motorcycle. After he was ejected, a westbound 2008 Ford F-250 that was pulling a flatbed trailer hit him. He was pronounced dead by the Glasscock County Justice of the Peace Kay Donna Machicek.
The driver of the Ford, 61-year-old Weldon Gene Humphries, was uninjured.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
· Motorcycle helmet use increased from 48% in 2005 to 67% in 2009.
· Motorcycle helmets saved 1,829 lives in 2008 alone.
· Statistics show that the percentage of intoxicated motorcycle riders in fatal crashes is greater than the percentage of intoxicated drivers on the roads.