ROSHARON — A Freeport man is the third fatality in a series of motorcycle wrecks in the last eight days, authorities say.
Shane Francis, 21, of Freeport was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash where he ran into the back of an 18-wheeler about 3 a.m. Monday north of CR 64 at Highway 288, Texas Department of Public Safety Stephen Woodard said.
“We’re looking at speed as a factor,” he said.
Francis was traveling southbound on Highway 288 when he crashed into the rear of the 18-wheeler, Woodard said. Police believe Francis was traveling at a high speed.
“I don’t know the make, it was so badly damaged. We couldn’t identify it other than it was a 2007 Honda motorcycle,” Woodard said of the motorcycle’s model. “He was wearing his helmet, but it came off due to the impact.”
The truck driver stopped after the crash, but there’s wasn’t anything he could do to help, Woodard said.
Francis’ body was taken to Galveston County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy and to test for drugs and alcohol, he said.
The roadway was partially shut down until about 9 a.m., but did not cause any major traffic delays, Woodard said. Aside from DPS, Brazoria County Sheriff’s deputies and Iowa Colony police assisted at the scene, he said.
“What makes it surreal to us, is we celebrated and advocated last month was Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,” Woodard said.
Motorcyclists need to make sure they get plenty of rest, the motorcycle is well-lit and the driver is wearing proper equipment, he said.
“Troopers in Brazoria County are working hard every day to prevent fatality crashes in the county, but they can’t do it alone,” he said. “It’s also the responsibility of the citizens of Brazoria County to mind their speed, don’t drink and drive and wear a helmet.”
Francis’s death comes on the heels of a series of fatal motorcycle crashes.
A Brazoria woman was driving her 2002 Harley-Davidson southbound on FM 521, about 11 miles west of Sweeny, just before 6 p.m. Wednesday when she pulled into oncoming traffic to avoid a slowing vehicle, Woodard has said. Monica Rohret, 40, collided head-on with a Ford F-250 pickup and was pronounced dead at the scene.
On June 11, a 53-year-old Alvin man was found dead after he ran his 2003 Harley-Davidson off the road into the eastbound ditch on CR 100. Six days earlier, a Friendswood man suffered serious leg injuries after his motorcycle and a FedEx delivery truck collided near the Brazoria County-Galveston County line.
“A majority of these crashes are preventable,” Woodard said.