Motorcyclist pursued by Garland police dies in crash




Posted on July 3, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 4 at 9:44 AM

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GARLAND — A motorcyclist who was being pursued by Garland police died Tuesday night after crashing and and hitting a pedestrian, police said.

The incident began around 8:40 p.m. after a Garland officer observed the 22-year-old driver traveling more than 100 mph on LBJ Freeway.

Police began their pursuit when the rider exited at Northwest Highway, but it ended a short time later when the driver lost control and ran into the back of a car at the Centerville Road intersection.

The driver was thrown from the vehicle; the motorcycle ran up on a sidewalk and slammed into a concrete bench for DART bus passengers.

A 20-year-old woman who was sitting on the bench suffered minor injuries. She declined medical treatment. 

The motorcycle driver was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas by helicopter ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.

His name was not available early Wednesday as police were notifying relatives..

Garland police said they would review the circumstances of the pursuit to determine if it was conducted within department guidelines.