Because motorcyclists and their passengers are more exposed to the hazards of the road and the elements than drivers and passengers of other vehicles, it’s important to be as safe as possible. For many motorcycle enthusiasts, there is nothing in the world like the feeling of freedom that can be had when riding a motorcycle. Being out in the fresh air and on the open road can be exciting and can cause some motorcyclists to take greater risks on the road. That seems to be what may have happened in the case of a motorcyclist who crashed his bike after allegedly racing his bike against a pickup truck.
The Chron.com website reports that on July 11, an officer with the Houston Police Department attempted to stop a motorcyclist after he was observed racing against the driver of a pickup truck while driving southbound on the North Freeway near Airline. According to Lt. Larry Crowson of the Houston Police Department, the driver of the pickup truck did stop for police, however, the motorcyclist continued, taking the Airline exit.
While making the exit at a significant amount of speed, the motorcyclist almost rear-ended a slower moving vehicle on the exit ramp. The motorcyclist lost control of his vehicle tipping it onto the pavement. The motorcyclist was injured in the crash that took place at approximately 12:45 a.m. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash and is listed in serious but stable condition.
Authorities have not yet released the identity of the motorcyclist. Lt. Crowson indicated that the biker is likely to face charges of racing and attempting to evade police.