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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED AS HE STRIKES PARKED SUV ON FREEWAY

At 8:08 pm Wednesday 911 operators began getting multiple calls for a motorcycle crash on I-45 southbound just south of Woodlands Parkway. Units arrived on the scene to find the driver of a Harley Davidson motorcycle deceased on the freeway. DPS responded to the scene to investigate. They determined a driver of a green GMC 1500 SUV had broken down on the inside shoulder of the freeway. A friend driving a white Chevrolet SUV pulled up next to him in the High Occupancy Lane and proceeded to try to jump the battery of the GMC SUV. A motorcyclist driving south in the HOV lane did not see the parked SUV in the lane and slammed into it. He was killed instantly. None of the other two drivers were injured. Motorcycles are permitted by federal law to use HOV lanes, even with only one passenger. The rationale behind allowing motorcycles to use HOV lanes is that it is safer to keep two-wheeled vehicles moving than to have them travel in start-and-stop traffic conditions. Eickenhorst Funeral Directors transported the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy. Ricky’s Wrecker towed the white SUV, Woodlands Wrecker towed the GMC 1500, and Miller towed the motorcycle.

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