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Crash victim loses fight for survival

HOUSTON- The passenger in a Monday night motorcycle crash, involving an East Montgomery County resident and longtime law enforcement officer, has died.

Jennifer Brown, 38, of Spring died on Thursday afternoon, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Brown was on the back of 56-year-old Bruce Gilchrist’s Honda Goldwing motorcycle when Gilchrist attempted to change lanes and lost control of the bike according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ramey Bass.

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Brown and Gilchrist were ejected and critically injured. Medical helicopters were called for both, but Brown’s heart stopped and medics were forced to cancel one helicopter and perform CPR. Gilchrist was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and Brown was transported by ground ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston. On Tuesday, Brown was transferred to Memorial Hermann in Houston, but by Wednesday evening, she was on life support and not expected to survive. Brown was removed from life support on Thursday afternoon.

Gilchrist’s condition has improved somewhat and he is able speak, though very weakly, according to friends. Gilchrist is a retired law enforcement officer who worked for multiple area agencies including Harris and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Offices, and is a former director of the Texas Concealed Handgun Association.

He and Brown were wearing safety helmets and witnesses said they were traveling at around 60 miles per hour with the rest of the traffic.

Investigators suspect freshly poured, uneven and unmarked pavement may have caused the tragic accident. An old friend of Gilchrist who happened to witness the crash without knowing it was Gilchrist at the time, was so disturbed that he investigated the situation after the scene was cleared and said the nearest signs warning of “uneven pavement” were 1.5 miles from the crash site. The height difference between the new pavement and the adjoining pavement measures almost 3 inches, he said.

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