One dead on Old Houston Road

EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY- A motorcyclist died just after 9 p.m. on Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash near Porter

James Robert Apgar, 54, of Denton was pronounced dead on the scene.

The wreck occurred on Old Houston Road near FM 1314. The crash site was just east of the Old Houston Ice House, a popular biker bar. However, investigating officers said Apgar was not leaving that establishment at the time of the crash.

According to Trooper Stephen Taylor with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Apgar was westbound on his 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle, when he reached a curve where he lost control of the bike, left the roadway on the south side, and crossed a ditch where the bike flipped and struck a fence in the woods on the opposite side.

Trooper Taylor said friends who were riding with Apgar told officers he accelerated and went ahead of them just before the crash, and none of them actually witnessed it. Speed may have been a factor, Taylor said.

Another possible contributing factor was that Apgar was not an area resident. He was unfamiliar with Old Houston Rd. and might not have seen the curve in time to react properly, Taylor said.

Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts conducted an inquest and ordered an autopsy.

The Porter Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted law enforcement with lighting and traffic control throughout their investigation.

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