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UPDATE ON MOTORCYCLE VS PATROL CAR FATAL

At 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning a Montgomery County Deputy was leaving the parking lot of the annex which offices Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack. As the deputy turned left heading east on SH 105 to back another deputy up on a traffic stop, a motorcycle topped the hill and slammed into the drivers’ side rear of the patrol car. It is not clear if the motorcycle was unable to stop or it was not seen by the deputy or several other factors. The deputy was not injured and performed life-saving measures on the motorcycle operator who is identified as Michael Phoenix, 55 of Montgomery. MCHD and Montgomery FIre arrived and pronounced Phoenix deceased. DPS and the Montgomery County District Attorneys Office is investigating this crash which is at least the fourth of its kind in the same stretch of this roadway. Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for an autopsy. The Deputy has been with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for one-year. “This is a tragic crash,” sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Scott Spencer said in a statement early Sunday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the motorcycle driver as well as with our deputy.”

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  1. FastAndLoud

    I have law enforcement in my family and I support the cops 99.99% of the time. This is the .01% of the time I have to say something. The bike was going westbound and had over 1/2 mile visibility from the Walden stop light to the accident site. There is no “over the hill” as the article states. I also disagree with the article wondering why the bike couldn’t stop in time – he clearly had the right of way. This is without a doubt the fault of the officer and needs to be dealt with.

  2. EasyRider

    As I said in the first article on 7/29/18, something is not right about this story. Even the author of the article, which I assume is Scott Engle, is casting blame on the motorcycle rider by saying “..motorcycle topped the hill and slammed into the drivers’ side rear of the patrol car…”. SLAMMED into the patrol car indicates the MC rider was speeding.
    I back law enforcement 100 percent in the job they have to do, but they need to do the right thing in this matter.

  3. TheWoods

    Most people read and forget.. I wish there were more folks out here like TheWoodlandsDude.. Ive agreed with your comments since the original posting of this story woodlandsdude, but I’m sure the public will not be aggressive enough about the details and, unfortunately, everyone will forget this ever happened.. except for the families involved.

  4. WoodlandsDude

    The only difference between this article date 08 01 18 and the original article dated 07 29 18 appears to be the last two sentences, and I quote:

    “This is a tragic crash,” sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Scott Spencer said in a statement early Sunday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the motorcycle driver as well as with our deputy.”

    What does the MCSO have to say about the possibility that the deputy pulled out onto 105 without yielding to the motorcycle driver’s right-of-way. A regular “unconnected” citizen would be looking at something like vehicular manslaughter over this, imo. The MCSO should explain how the deputy had the right-of-way and how the motorcycle driver broke the law resulting in the accident and his own death. I’m all ears.

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