Car hits motorcycles near Wise-Denton County line; 2 dead, 5 hurt

Fatal crash

Credit: Courtesy: Wise County Messenger

A car driving in the wrong lane hit two motorcycles near the border of Wise and Denton counties on May 25, 2014. One person was killed and six others were injured.



Posted on May 25, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Updated Monday, May 26 at 12:25 PM

Two people were killed and five others were injured Sunday evening when a car driving on the wrong side of the highway plowed into a group of motorcycles near the Wise-Denton County line.

Texas Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel said the accident happened around 5:45 p.m. on FM 51, three miles north of FM 455.

Three motorcycles were headed north on the two-lane road approaching the crest of a hill when a southbound Toyota Yaris veered over the center line and hit two of the three bikes.

The driver of one motorcycle, 53-year-old Thomas Garcia of Ardmore, Oklahoma, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 33-year-old Cassier Turner, also of Ardmore, was transported to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Two others on a second bike were also injured.


The female driver of the Toyota and two passengers — another adult and a 6-year-old — were hospitalized. They were listed in stable condition Monday. The three are from Weatherford, west of Fort Worth.

The third motorcycle, which was behind the first two, was able to take evasive action and avoid impact, Haschel said, adding that the cause of the crash was under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report