One Dead after Glasscock Motorcycle Wreck

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.